Thinking without structure: why networks are changing our lives and how to adapt

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What does the world of networks do to our companies, our friendships and our lives? Discover how network thinking can drive your work, and change the way you see the world.


<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <p>Network ThinkingBenjamin Cave Trainer@cave_ben30 October, 2015Aim</p> <p>To enable participants to apply network thinking to their workLearning Objectives</p> <p>Define 5 principles of network thinkingApply network thinking to professional challengesList support structures for a network</p> <p>ExerciseThink of an example of knowledge organised in a tree structure</p> <p>What is the benefit of the tree structure?Benefits of treesOrderlyHierarchicalSimpleUnifiedStructuredIntuitive</p> <p>HierarchiesBusiness</p> <p>Family</p> <p>Military</p> <p>Governmental</p> <p>DiscussionCould you make a tree of your friendship group?</p> <p>How can equal things be expressed in trees?</p> <p>StructuresA football team</p> <p>A business</p> <p>A friendship group</p> <p>Tree thinking cannot be used to organise networks you need a new principle</p> <p>Giles DeleuzeFelix GuattariRhizomesUnlike trees or their roots, the rhizome connects any point to any other pointImage 1 credit: Library of Congress</p> <p>Principles of NetworksNetworks are not linear.</p> <p>Networks have no origin point.</p> <p>Networks cannot be controlled from the top.</p> <p>Image 1 credit: WeRSMNetworks and Jobs40% found job through social network referrals</p> <p>63% of recruiters take referrals as #1 indicator of candidate quality</p> <p>35% change jobs at least every 5 years</p> <p>Principles of Network ThinkingEmergence over predictionAdaptability over controlRedundancy over stardomContributions over credentialsDiversity over homogenyAdapted from the Curtis Ogden from the Interaction Institute for Social Change</p> <p>Meet Suhail and MustafaYour job: Help them win more business through network thinkingEmergenceNetwork thinkers understand the limits of prediction and reduce reliance on projectionsTo do this they increase the diversity of data and information they have available to themExample: A business adjusts the focus of an event to match the latest developments in the field</p> <p>Our colleagues are seeking to grow their business in a new specialist areaHow can they apply emergence to develop their expertise?AdaptabilityNetwork thinkers prioritise flexibility over rigid delivery</p> <p>To do this they focus on the outcome not the process</p> <p>Example: A business brings in a colleague to support delivery of a project in another language</p> <p>Suhail is bidding for a new contractHow can they apply adaptability to support his bid?RedundancyNetwork thinkers reduce reliance on any one part of their networkTo do this they identify and cultivate alternative relationships and switching with agility when neededExample: A business keeps a list of skills in their network in case they cannot meet a need internally</p> <p>Our colleagues have won their contract! Now they needs to resource the workHow can they apply redundancy to plan for contingencies?ContributionNetwork thinkers look at the best person for a job not whether that person has a track recordTo do this they constantly keep track of the skills in their network and apply new knowledge to each situationExample: A business uses a trainer to promote their work in a specialist area</p> <p>How can they apply contribution to decide who should run it?Our colleagues are running a workshop for government officialsDiversityNetwork thinkers embrace different perspectivesTo do this they work on new projects and bring in new partners to support deliveryExample: A business partners with a freelance developer to deliver a project in a new technical area.</p> <p>Mustafa has been approached to build an open data appHow can they apply diversity to locate technical partners? Network Thinking for NodesEmergence - Keep up with others work Adaptability Be flexible in your plansRedundancy Line up support from the networkContributions Give new people a chanceDiversity Think about partnerships</p> <p>ExerciseMove around the room and find out the specialism of 3 other participants</p> <p>Network thinking gives you the resources of a larger organisation while minimising your operational risksThank YouBenjamin Cave Trainer@cave_ben30 October, 2015</p>


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