Nonprofit Networks Part Three: Using Technology to Build Connectivity

Yesterday we discussed connectivity networks and how they are the foundation of all collaborations. As you'll recall, connectivity networks link people to people and people to information. They are characterized by loose ties between people and they tend to form around "hubs" or people who are able to connect people to other people and to relevant information. All networks, especially connectivity networks, are strengthened by face-to-face interactions. These in-person connections... Read more →

Nonprofit Networks: Part Two--Building Connectivity Networks

Last week I started discussing what I'm learning from NetGains. This has become particularly interesting as I work through planning for a new project I'm working on. It also further reinforces my belief that Web 2.0 is as much a revolution in thought as it is a pile of tools. As I mentioned previously, the foundation upon which all networks are built is the connectivity network. In this post, I... Read more →

Building Nonprofit Networks--Part One

I've been reading NetGains: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change by Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor and I think it has some interesting things to say about building networks. One of the most important is the notion that there are three kinds of networks "that form a progression that a network's evolution is likely to follow." While networks may not move through all stages of the progression, we... Read more →