Thoughtful piece that describes social networks in terms of extended family, so readers can readily make the connection between that reality and networking online. -JL
From the blog post:
My curiosity is fueled by trying to better understand how the relationships between people form, are maintained, or dissolve, and how the pattern of ties individuals have with others has influence on personal and organizational outcomes. For example, because my mother had a great uncle to call, she was able to get electrical work completed. I always had a nice field and good paint at school because I had those ties in my network.
These ideas imply that networks matter and that in some way I was “richer” than others given the ties in my network. I didn’t have to “know” how to do something; I just had to know whom to call that would actually support my request. Therefore, in some really important ways ties matter and have direct influence on one’s ability to accomplish goals. This core idea has driven my interest and passion in social network theory, and along with many other scholars, I am working to better understand the power and potential of relations for supporting and inhibiting the work of educational change.