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"As grantmakers and nonprofits are looking for ways to collaborate more effectively, many are experimenting working with and through networks to achieve greater impact. Because networks are by definition loosely controlled and emergent, understanding how to effectively support them feels like a mystery to many grantmakers.
"GEO's newest publication sets out to crack the code behind the network mystique. In fact, there is a method to working more efficiently and effectively through networks, and a critical first step for grantmakers is adopting a network mindset, which may require dramatic shifts in attitude and behavior for some.Cracking the Network Code outlines four principles that comprise the network mindset, illustrates the principles with a range of examples of networks that have achieved real results, and offers practical questions and recommendations to help grantmakers achieve the benefits and avoid common pitfalls of working through networks."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Do not be misled by the title of this whitepaper; it is not just for grantmakers. In my view, it as a guidebook for anyone on how to thrive in the new organizational space of nodes and hubs. "Those who embrace the network mindset see their organization as one part of a larger web of activity directed toward a cause, not as the hub of the action....The network mindset is about advancing the mission even before advancing the organization."
If you have been influenced by ideas such as Connectivism, or authors such as Mihalyi Czikszentmihalyi (Flow) or Carol Dweck (Mindset) or Clay Shirkey (Here Comes Everybody), or people such as Gandhi, King, or Mandela, then you will be right at home with Cracking the Network Code. It is about how to get things done through maximizing the power of networked collaboration.
via The Scout Project