Invest in your network and your network will invest in you
Paradox by Adam Rifkin: removing yourself from the center of your network actually strengthens your social capital
How should we measure corporate performance? The answer matters - not just for corporations but society - by Steve Denning
But, if we are pursuing a more effective narrative, then location and context can make a big difference. Remember, narratives are ultimately a call to action for the people around us. If the people around us are pursuing very different, and perhaps even contradictory narratives, we’ll be much less effective than if we can connect with people who are pursuing complementary narratives. Yes, I know, digital networks can help to connect us, wherever we’re located, but I continue to believe that face to face relationships in physical space are ultimately the most powerful form of connections.
We need a new pattern language for business to business relationships that generate new insight and action
The are most likely to be next Silicon Valley is …well, probably Silicon Valley - the power of network effects
Our old ideas about networks have been disrupted by network effects
If the goal is to effectively explore and discover new insights, we need a different kind of network. We’d want to encourage much more of a mesh network where there’s a rich and complex set of relationships connecting all participants with each other. This kind of network increases the potential of all participants to connect with each other in unexpected and evolving ways as they embark on their exploration. We can become mobilizers, helping to draw in new people and creating environments where people can connect and explore an evolving agenda of questions.
If you’re interested in the science of complex networks, don’t miss the Santa Fe Institute course organized by Melanie Mitchell