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Network Analysis: Indigenous Women and Girls

Understanding that the greatest energy and wisdom in a network lies in its edges, Netcentric Campaigns worked in partnership with the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program to better understand the network of connections between Indigenous women and girls across the United States and Canada. Netcentric Campaigns supported the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program for Indigenous Women and…

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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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A Call for the Networked Resistance

It’s a rainy day in D.C. after a shocking election. “Upset” doesn’t seem like a big enough word to characterize what has happened. As we struggle with the outcome, the Netcentric Campaigns team has shed tears and hugged. We share the grief and fear along with millions of others — not just because of the…

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We Can’t All Be Pilots

I was flying on a tiny shuttle plane from DC to Atlanta. We were running 40 minutes late and I only had an hour-long window before a presentation (the sole purpose of the trip.) The pilot announced we were beginning our initial descent into Atlanta. “Phew!” I thought. I would make the meeting. Then, an…

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Communication Tools: 1/7 of an Effective Advocacy Network

At Netcentric Campaigns, we talk a lot about the Seven Elements of Network Advocacy. These are the key pieces that make advocacy networks successful. One of these Seven Elements is having a solid communications grid. A communications grid is the mix of communications tools people have access to within the network. On a personal note,…

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