In a sustainable and effective community, members are well connected with each other and benefit from opportunities that are constantly created within the network. By coining the term ‘network weaving’ June Holley and Valdis Krebs suggest that actively managing a network can improve connectivity and ultimately strengthen the community.
Using a simple visualization technique, they analyzed what it takes to knit a productive community network. As a result, they identified four phases to build a vibrant network, while network mapping can be used to track progress during the stages:
- Scattered Emergence – Communities start as small emergent clusters.
- Single Hub-and-Spoke – A network weaver as the hub actively connects diverse individuals and groups.
- Multi-Hub Small-World Network – The role of the weaver changes from being the central weaver to being a facilitator of network building throughout the community.
- Core/Periphery – The end-goal of vibrant communities: a stable structure with a network core containing connected diverse clusters with strong ties and a periphery with groups of nodes tied to the core through weak ties.
This paper by June Holley is a key resource when building networks that matter. (June Holley)
Twenty questions inspiring deep reflection that you should ask during and after every project. (June Holley)
Staying active with new attitudes
Organizational development in a foundation can only succeed when the employees actively support it. Therefore, a key factor for success is to closely accompany change with HR development measures.
The need for further training
Lifelong learning is not a worn-out cliche, it describes a fundamental attitude that employees as well as managers must internalize; especially in change-oriented organizations, which should include foundations.