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Is Social Capital Measurement Still Relevant?

Is Social Capital Measurement Still Relevant? | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
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Great analysis by Milton Friesen linking social capital and the need measure it to the role of networks in building and creating it. Nice quote below demonstrates tensions among bonding and bridging in networks and how ultimately the bridging (amid bonding) might grow social capital. Great call to action at the end!

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"In the business and organizational design world, creative destruction is understood generally as a disruption of 

normal patterns of work or thinking that lead to higher performance when the disrupted elements reform. Other terms that explore this space include catagenesis – a state where failure is only partial and leads to new approaches that would not have
been considered in the business as usual context (Homer-Dixon, 2007). In a social capital context, this is a very relevant
set of considerations and may be understood as asking the question: Do some forms of disruption break up social networks
that are characterized by having a level of bonding capital that is too high in relationship to bridging capital? It may well
be that creative destruction (or catagenesis) functions as a re-wiring of social capital that decreases bonding capital while
increasing bridging capital."

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CO-Bologna runs towards new cooperative forms of governance of the commons: a focus on Bolognina site. | LabGov

CO-Bologna runs towards new cooperative forms of governance of the commons: a focus on Bolognina site. | LabGov | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

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Participatory City

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Looks like a great study from the UK on the value of engaging local citizens in neighbourhoods and communities. Thanks June Holley for the scoop!

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Chicago Releases User-Friendly Open Data Tool

Chicago Releases User-Friendly Open Data Tool | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Users can look up mountains of public records, no technical expertise required.
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Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever) (SSIR)

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever) (SSIR) | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
In adopting data-driven practices, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change.
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Living Systems Lessons for Social Change Networks

Living Systems Lessons for Social Change Networks | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I was turned on to the work of Louise Diamond. Diamond has been bringing insights from the dynamics of complex systems to peace building work for many years. Her efforts conn…
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The Tactics of Trust (SSIR)

The Tactics of Trust (SSIR) | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Participants in a large, complex collaboration can build a capacity for finding common ground—and it doesn’t have to take years.
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Seeing the whole system is a key part to building trust according to the authors. Worth the quick read of you are engaged in collaborative work (and who isn't these days?!)

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Community Capital: The value of connected communities - RSA

Community Capital: The value of connected communities - RSA | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
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A Five Year study released Oct 29 looking at work in 7 communities that sought to connect people in social networks to build community capital.Here is quick summary of the key findings: 


"Social relationships have a value. The activities and research presented in this report demonstrate that through working with communities this value can be grown by connecting people to one another in their local areas. We argue that investing in interventions which build and strengthen networks of social relationships will generate four kinds of social value or ‘dividend’ shared by people in the community:

1. A wellbeing dividend. Our research suggests that social connectedness correlates more strongly with wellbeing than social or economic characteristics such as long term illness, unemployment or being a single parent.

2. A citizenship dividend. There is latent power within local communities that lies in the potential of relationships between people, and it can be activated through the methods that we advocate in this paper.

3. A capacity dividend. Concentrating resources on networks and relationships, rather than on the ‘troubled’ individual as an end-user can have beneficial effects which ripple out through social networks, having positive effects on people’s children, partners, friends and others.

4. An economic dividend. There is evidence that investing in interventions which build social relationships can improve employability, improve health (which has positive economic impacts) and create savings in health and welfare expenditure."

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Building the Field of Community Engagement - Nexus Community Partners

Building the Field of Community Engagement - Nexus Community Partners | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
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MIT-Singapore design center creates free software tool to analyze cities as spatial networks

MIT-Singapore design center creates free software tool to analyze cities as spatial networks | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

Network analysis — the mathematical analysis of relationships between elements or actors in a complex system — has become popular among transportation planners and spatial analysts, but its use remains relatively limited among architects and urban designers, whose day-to-day work demands more visioning than analysis.
Now, researchers at the joint MIT-SUTD International Design Center (IDC) have created a free network analysis plugin for Rhinoceros 3-D modeling software, one of the most popular software platforms among architects and urban designers. The new Urban Network Analysis (UNA) plugin enables urban planners and architects to describe spatial patterns of cities using mathematical network analysis methods.


http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/mit-singapore-design-center-free-software-tool-analyze-cities-spatial-networks-0616


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Looks like an amazing tool to support cities.

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Using Network Mapping to Build Thriving Communities | Neighborhood Economics


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Building resilience: what organisations can learn from social ecologists

Building resilience: what organisations can learn from social ecologists | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

I have been blessed with a very diverse network, which includes among others many renowned thinkers and scientists in the field of social-ecological systems. I am therefore exposed to thinking tha...


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Nice short set of principles. They need expansion but still worth the read.

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Decision Making

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The topic of decision-making discusses how decisions are made within organizations, and by whom.

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Four Questions to Ask Before You Engage with a Network (SSIR)

Four Questions to Ask Before You Engage with a Network (SSIR) | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Funders want to create big change by using networks for social impact. But where to start?
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Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities

Policy directives in several nations are focusing on the development of smart cities, linking innovations in the data sciences with the goal of advancing human well-being and sustainability on a highly urbanized planet. To achieve this goal, smart initiatives must move beyond city-level data to a higher-order understanding of cities as transboundary, multisectoral, multiscalar, social-ecological-infrastructural systems with diverse actors, priorities, and solutions. We identify five key dimensions of cities and present eight principles to focus attention on the systems-level decisions that society faces to transition toward a smart, sustainable, and healthy urban future.

 

Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities
Anu Ramaswami, Armistead G. Russell, Patricia J. Culligan, Karnamadakala Rahul Sharma, Emani Kumar

Science  20 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 940-943
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf7160 


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Connectography

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From the visionary bestselling author Parag Khanna comes a bracing and authoritative guide to a future shaped less by national borders than by global supply chains, a world in which the most connected powers—and people—will win.
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Taken to the global scale Parag Khanna describes the future of the world not a group of sovereign states but one of connected cities. Collective investment in the infrastructure that connects us has led to powerful local regions that are now finding peace and prosperity through being connected to one another (think Southeast Asian Countries) rather than fighting over borders. Watch the TED talk  - kind of like Collective Impact on steroids.

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we don’t need better leaders

we don’t need better leaders | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

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This is great!

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This is great!

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MaRS Global Leadership: Culture as Urban Acupuncture

At this Global Leadership event, Tim Jones, CEO Artscape, shares how engaging culture can be a powerful resource in city-building.
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Great talk by Tim Jones form Artscape on Culture as Urban Acupuncture 

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Deepening Network Practice for Social Change : Interaction Institute for Social Change

Deepening Network Practice for Social Change : Interaction Institute for Social Change | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
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Great short read from the Interaction Institute for Social Change and Curtis Ogden. Includes additional relevant resources at the end of the article. thx @curtisogden @june holley

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How Online Communities Became Central To How We Work

How Online Communities Became Central To How We Work | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Communities make just about everything we do today in our organizations better. That was essentially the message at FeverBee SPRINT last week in San Francisco, a confab of several hundred online co...

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What is undiscussable in your culture?

What is undiscussable in your culture? | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
What is “undiscussable” in your culture? Welcome to the heart of organizational culture! Undiscussables can help to understand and change culture.

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This is a great article about a simple approach that helped people get to the heart of organizational culture. Short and useful.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 15, 2015 11:32 AM

Every culture has a number of undiscussable topics that are avoided at all cost. In a company this can be deadly for the careers of everyone involved.

HR Muse's curator insight, October 16, 2015 8:34 AM

The concept of 'authenticity' in organisations has grown in prominence in recent years - i.e. does everyday behaviour of employees, managers and leaders align with espoused values published internally and externally in the organisation? In other words, does the organisation do what it says on the tin?


A lack of congruence between reality and espoused values inevitably risks employee engagement and levels of discretionary behaviour. In a time when employee trust in senior management and business leaders has been eroded and re-engaging employees is high on the list of many employees,  the need for authenticity therefore remains paramount.


This blog post in Leadership & Change by Terri Kruzan piqued my interest citing Harvard and their experiences of discussing the 'undiscussables' - those elements of organisational culture that prevail but no-one likes to talk about . 

 

Ask yourself 'what are the undiscussables in my organisation? How long have they been there? Why do they exist? What is their impact? How might I as an HR practitioner help surface them within the organisation?

 

Then you might establish just how authentic your organisation is.

Ian Berry's curator insight, October 16, 2015 7:52 PM

Key action in all the best workplaces - a willingness to discuss the undiscussables.

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Visualizing signatures of human activity in cities across the globe

The availability of big data on human activity is currently changing the way we look at our surroundings. With the high penetration of mobile phones, nearly everyone is already carrying a high-precision sensor providing an opportunity to monitor and analyze the dynamics of human movement on unprecedented scales. In this article, we present a technique and visualization tool which uses aggregated activity measures of mobile networks to gain information about human activity shaping the structure of the cities. Based on ten months of mobile network data, activity patterns can be compared through time and space to unravel the "city's pulse" as seen through the specific signatures of different locations. Furthermore, the tool allows classifying the neighborhoods into functional clusters based on the timeline of human activity, providing valuable insights on the actual land use patterns within the city. This way, the approach and the tool provide new ways of looking at the city structure from historical perspective and potentially also in real-time based on dynamic up-to-date records of human behavior. The online tool presents results for four global cities: New York, London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.


Visualizing signatures of human activity in cities across the globe
Dániel Kondor, Pierrick Thebault, Sebastian Grauwin, István Gódor, Simon Moritz, Stanislav Sobolevsky, Carlo Ratti

http://arxiv.org/abs/1509.00459


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Responding to complexity in socio-economic systems: How to build a smart and resilient society?

The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. And it has changed in a much more fundamental way than one would think, primarily because it has become more connected and interdependent than in our entire history. Every new product, every new invention can be combined with those that existed before, thereby creating an explosion of complexity: structural complexity, dynamic complexity, functional complexity, and algorithmic complexity. How to respond to this challenge? And what are the costs?


Responding to complexity in socio-economic systems: How to build a smart and resilient society?
Dirk Helbing

http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.03750


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Innovation Excellence | To Change your Organization, Change the Way you Bring Change

Innovation Excellence | To Change your Organization, Change the Way you Bring Change | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
The most effective approach to change does not start or end in the C-suite. It happens at the heart of the organization, where mid-level managers and their teams build the momentum to implement and lead change. Executives initiate and support change, the rest of the organization lead change.
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I found this article from Innovation Excellence right up my alley. It describes the approach we have been taking with hospitals and other large organizations in clear and simple language.


I think you will find the reasons they cite for why people don't like change efforts will resonate. 


In essence the article describes the need to tap everyone in an organization, to everyone as a change agent. 

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