Network Building

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Networks When and Why? – September 2021

This is an introduction to networks from Netcentric Campaigns.  Here is what we will discuss: We think about networks in a very particular way. This session shares an overview of what we have learned about networks and social change. We talk about when networks are a good fit for a challenge and why building networks…

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Independence is not equal to capacity.

We are kicking around some thinking on the idea of capacity building in complex wicked situations.   How does building interdependence create the kind of capacity needed in working on complex and wicked problems.   Hope you join us over at Connect People for Good  Ideas around capacity building tend to be informed by our experiences in…

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HHN Campaign Fellowships – 2020

This program aims to support people fighting the harms of fracking and gas development. The program also seeks to support Fellows interested in informing and organizing people in their community. The Fellowship offers hands-on experience, talent development, and structured immersion in network building and movement support. Details: This Fellowship provides a stipend of $500 and…

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Movement as Workforce

What would you do with 10,000 people with 10 minutes each? Since 2005, I’ve asked this question, don’t have an answer yet. And still, we are increasingly faced with this challenge. We need to take the time to seriously prepare to answer questions like the one above and other questions like what if 100,000 people…

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Why Build a Network?

The harms from fracking are real and well-documented, affecting air and water quality, public health, worker safety, wildlife and many other aspects of our lives. That has given rise to a movement of dedicated individuals across the country fighting to protect against these dangers. They are advocating for legal and policy solutions and uncovering vital…

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No Network of Networks

Occasionally, I run across the phrase “a network of networks.” The general idea is pretty clear, but the language can also sound a little “empire building” or “the one ring to rule them all” -ish. It is important when this language pops up to dig into it. A network of networks is not about combining…

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Mending the Nets

Recently, our team came across a blog published by the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society titled “Hauling in the Nets,” written by Tony Proscio. The blog is an overview of a presentation (which you can view below) by John Ettinger, CEO of the Helmsley Charitable Trust, who makes some insightful critiques of –…

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Grassroots Organizers AND Network Builders

Often, our team is confronted with comparisons of our work to the work of grassroots organizers. So we thought we’d dig into the nuances of network building by comparing it with grassroots organizing in three areas: concentration, services, and leadership. But before we get into comparing, it’s important to understand how we’ll be defining them.…

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FurBall Maps ≠ Results or Strategy

Big Risks in Seeking Pretty Maps. Most social networking analysis (SNA) methodology is based on surveys, data mining or a combination of both (e.g., Valdis Krebs, FAS research, and others). This type of social network analysis works well when people need to participate in research as a requirement of their job or when the data…

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Multiplayer Missions that Matter: Advocacy, Video Games and Networks

In my personal life, I’m passionate about three things: dogs, advocacy and video games. It’s those last two really have me excited lately, thinking about how I can combine my love of video games with my love of advocacy. It turns out, sometimes the two aren’t so different (though I’m still working on how to…

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