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Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

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The pioneering young scientist whose work on the structure of small worlds has triggered an avalanche of interest in networks.In this remarkable book, Duncan Watts, one of the principal architects of network theory, sets out to explain the...
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Perhaps the most reader-friendly of the books explaining network science, filled with fascinating stories about a wide range of networks and clear explanations about thescientific analysis of network phenomena.
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Network Logic

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Skidmore outlines key leadership skills and approaches adapted to a networked world, in one of several articles in this volume by leading thinkers in networks across a rangeof disciplines.
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Movement as Network

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This is a paper I published in 2004 called “Movement as Network: Connecting People and Organizations in the Environmental Movement.” Below is a synopsis of its core ideas. You can download the full...
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Rosenblatt, executive director of ONE/Northwest, takes a “whole field” perspective, arguing provocatively that the environmental movement is a large network oforganizations and people, but the health of the network is in jeopardy: the organizations are “badly fragmented,” live in “competitive friction,” and don’t connectwell with each other. “By specializing, restructuring and improving connections between organizations,” Rosenblatt envisions, “the movement has an opportunity to transformitself into a dynamic network with far greater resilience, responsiveness and power."
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Netork_Power_for_Philanthropy_and_Nonprofits.pdf

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This report makes a case for widespread use of networks in the civil sector and examines the practical uses of the

knowledge developed by “network science".

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BuildingNetworks.pdf

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Basic network concepts are explained in this accessible introduction to mapping andanalyzing inter-organizational and community networks. Research is based on workwith the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet). Easy-to-interpret mapsdescribing a typical network’s evolution illustratethe advantages of “knowing yournetwork” and “knitting your network.”
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The original article in which Granovetter argues that “weak ties” are critical forinnovation and development because they provide people with access to informationand resources beyond those available in their immediate circles.
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Strategic Intentions: Principles for Formal Knowledge Networks

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The Publications Centre of the International Institute for Sustainable Development houses the institute's books, papers, videos and other outputs. Almost all are available for free download.
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An enormously useful analysis of the many tasks inorganizing networks—with clearframeworks and advice. Somewhat limited because itis based exclusively on Creechand Willard’s experiences with knowledge-creation and innovation networks, but wellworth the attention.Includes excellent chapters on network management andgovernance, forming and working within virtual teams, and network monitoring and evaluation
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participation-relationships-and-dynamic-change-madeline-church-2002.pdf

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Nine professional network coordinators working in the field of international

development reflect on their experiences. They identify approaches to monitoring and evaluation that are adapted to networks and share some helpful tools and templates.
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Strategic Planning for Networks (Network Funders Meeting)

Five minute introduction to a longer discussion about strategic planning for networks, using the Wikimedia Foundation 2009-2010 strategic planning process as a
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Wikimedia Foundation case study

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Reboot, Inc.: Network Evaluation Summary Report « Jim Joseph Foundation

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Reboot Case study

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Top Ten Things We've Learned About Networks

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Note from Beth: This week I'm live blogging the GEO conference, but since I can’t cover it all, I’ve enlisted an awesome live blogging team of grantmakers and others attending the conference who will share what they are learning in guest posts on...
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Video from GEO Grantmakers Gathering on Networks

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Building the Field of Dreams | Barr Foundation

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The Barr Foundation is a private foundation committed to enhancing the quality of life for all of Boston’s citizens. Its primary areas of emphasis are education and the environment, and to a lesser degree arts and culture.
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Lessons learned from network thinking investments in after school programs.

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Network Organizing: A Strategy for Building Community Engagement

A different kind of organizing that brings people together to demand change.
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Drawing on their experiences building the Lawrence CommunityWorks network, Traynor and Andors offer important advice for developing large-scale, grassrootsnetworks that connect community residents to opportunities and each other.
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Social Network Analysis

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The revised and updated edition of this bestselling text provides an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of network analysis in the social sciences.
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An accessible introduction to the theory and practice of social network analysis (SNA) in the social sciences. Scott explains basic concepts, uses, and methods in language that istechnical but easier to interpret than most textbooks on the subject. Helpful for understanding network metrics and mapping tools.
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Lawrence_Community_Works_case_study.pdf

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This article provides a detailed look at a remarkable grassroots network growing in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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KevinKelly-NewRules-withads.pdf

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By the former editor ofWIRED magazine, this classic primer explains network rulesand principles that underlie the networked economy.
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PUBLICATIONS: EdgePerspectives with John Hagel III and John Seely Brown

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Hagel and Brown explore the far-flung “open innovation” networks emerging in the commercial sector, and identify a “distinctive set of management techniques” that theorganizers of these networks use to ensure focus and value creation. This is a conceptual treatment, worthwhile because it focuses on challenges of managing a typeof network—open innovation--that nonprofits shouldbe thinking about.
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Governing by Network

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Here is a clear roadmap for actually governing the networked state for elected officials, business executives, and the broader public.
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Focusing on the public sector, Goldsmith, a formermayor of Indianapolis, and Eggersuse a network framework to examine collaborations and partnerships in government—and the breakdown of traditional bureaucracies.
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Knowledge Networks: Guidelines for Assessment

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The Publications Centre of the International Institute for Sustainable Development houses the institute's books, papers, videos and other outputs. Almost all are available for free download.
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Contains guidelines for evaluating network effectiveness, structure, governance,efficiency, resources, sustainability, and life-cycle. A distillation of Creech and Ramji’sexperience with knowledge networks and international NGOs. Includes some sampleinterview protocols for assessing network effective

ness and efficiency

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Linked: The New Science of Networks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Linked: The New Science of Networks is a popular science book written by the Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási and first published by the Perseus Books Group in 2002.[1]

Barabási has changed the way of thinking about real-world networks and largely contributed to making networks the revolutionary science of the 21st century. Linked is his first book that introduces the highly developing field of Network Science to the broad audience. Linked has become a bestseller with more than 70,000 copies sold after fourteen printings and it was selected as one of the Best Business Books in 2002.[2][3]

The main purpose of Linked is to introduce the science of networks to the general audience. It provides an easy and readable introduction to the main models and properties of networks and their applications in many areas of real life, such as the spread of epidemics, fighting against terrorism, handling economic crises or solving social problems of the society. As the subtitle of the book says Linked reveals 'How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life'.[1]

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Network of Network Funders - Grantmakers Gathering on Networks - Conversation Snapshots

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Wiki with tools, and resources

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Networks Conference 2011 - Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

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Growing Social Impact in a Networked World A Grantmakers' Gathering on Networks San Francisco | October 17-18, 2011 Hosted by Grantmakers for Effective
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Conference attendees, program and resources

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