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Why Your Company Should Use the Kickstarter Model to Innovate

Why Your Company Should Use the Kickstarter Model to Innovate | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Watch the silos disappear.
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Gertrude Stein's Salons Revamped For The 21st Century - PSFK

Gertrude Stein's Salons Revamped For The 21st Century - PSFK | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
A New York startup has built a platform that brings together curators, artists and art appreciators together for intimate discussions.
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The New Economics of Innovation Ecosystems (SSIR)

The New Economics of Innovation Ecosystems (SSIR) | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
A new strain of economic thought is emerging to explain how societies can grow sustainably.
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The HUB London Islington | A more genuine, meaningful philosophy of networking

The HUB London Islington | A more genuine, meaningful philosophy of networking | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
The HUB Islington | Coworking, collaboration and event space for startups
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Thriving too: Learning in a complex emergent world

Thriving too: Learning in a complex emergent world | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
The Hub Insight Gathering last Wednesday brought together Hub founders and makers, Hub members and other speakers to talk about a range of topics related to the Hub as context for civic change. I attended a fascinating panel session chaired...
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The Post-Hero Economy – Next City

The Post-Hero Economy – Next City | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
When thinking about how metropolitan regions make economic recoveries, we tend to put our hopes in the idea that one charismatic visionary — a mayor, entrepreneur, outraged citizen — will step up and lead the way.
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Using Emergence to Scale Social Innovation, by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

Using Emergence to Scale Social Innovation, by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Do you want to change the world? If so, it may help to first understand how the world actually changes.
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RSA Animate - The Power of Networks

In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex moder...
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Who's Managing Your Company's Network Effects?

Who's Managing Your Company's Network Effects? | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Only a Chief Network Effects Officer should be entrusted with handling such value.
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Social Networks and the Global Brain | The Rabbit Hole

Social Networks and the Global Brain | The Rabbit Hole | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Deepak Chopra takes us to the inner workings of the global brain, molded more and more by technology and social media. Social media plays a major role in global culture, through political campaigns, social movements, and personal relationships.
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The Point People » Vantage Point: October

Invisibility

Vantage Point is a place for us, as the Point People, to comment on trends that we have seen, as we go about our Point People lives. It is most likely because I am just re-entering the world of work after maternity leave that the trend that I am particularly interested in the invisible work. That stuff that goes unnoticed, but without which, quite frankly, the world stops spinning.

Talking about the invisible takes me onto networks, which I also think a lot about. Maybe its because I have a deep desire to see the world more connected. Maybe its because I hate wasted potential. Maybe because I am surprised, as social beings, how little we reach out to those who are around us. Or really look at them, to see what we might do together. What that joining up of potential might bring. It surprises me how quickly people are labelled with just one ‘instant use’, or singular interest, without seeing the palette of options and possibilities which stem from them, their uniqueness and the richness of their lives.  Networks at their best offer all that and more.. and their real magic is in the fact that we have no idea what those future possibilities are.

I think it is these values of possibility, lack of judgement, openness, and ultimate ‘magic’ which unites the Point People. Certainly there is too much variance in subject knowledge, contacts, qualifications, interest, to unite us in anything more substantive, as is clear here.

However, on reflecting on networks, I am also interested in why it is that so often networks don’t work. Just look around us at network attempts and you see another group of people that dissipates. Another flashy online platform that remains unused. Another evening that is mired with a flood of cancellations. In recent conversation with two close, highly networked and highly motivated friends, we were reflecting on why a recent network attempt hadn’t really worked – it hadn’t exactly failed, but it hadn’t ignited the various people involved in the ways that we had hoped when we first imagined the possibility. To us it seemed obvious. Simple. Exciting. But still it was good, but a bit, erm, flat.

What struck us when we had the conversation, was an image of the sea, with its ceaseless movements and tides. That rising and falling in sea level that seems so charged and so powerful – yet which is only possible due to the invisible and undeniable power of the gravitational attraction of the moon and the sun. For me networks are similar. It seems that the movement and activity is independent, natural, that it stems from itself. But it is not that. Instead, it is directly powered and motivated by the force of something slightly separated from itself, slightly at a distance, yet uniquely tied to and interested in the activity it inspires. There is always some person, or some purpose, which is silently powering the activity. Making it possible. There is always something of gravity.

Indeed, every network has it’s own gravitational force. But what interests me is how implicit, hidden, invisible that very often is. Good networks seem effortless. And, like the homemaker, it’s work is only really noticed when it is absent, when something stops, is missing, forgotten or lost.

And, as well as recognising that is the axis on which networks sit, it also leads us to thank those that do it. Those people that silently, efficiently, naturally power the networks that work.

 

By Eleanor Ford

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Facilitating Serendipity with Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

Facilitating Serendipity with Peel-and-Eat Shrimp | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
In a cross-disciplinary world, those who can make unexpected connections are king.
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How to Measure a Successful Tech for Good Venture | Nominet Trust

How to Measure a Successful Tech for Good Venture | Nominet Trust | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
How do you know what makes a successful tech for good venture? Tell me it’s by some inexplicable gut feeling and I’ll slap you in the face with seafood.
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Joining the Dots: Can events grow networks of innovators? - Nesta

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Diversifying your online world - MIT News Office

Diversifying your online world - MIT News Office | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
In a new book, MIT’s Ethan Zuckerman asserts that we need to overcome the Internet’s sorting tendencies and create tools to make ourselves ‘digital cosmopolitans.’
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Hands up who works in systems change?

Hands up who works in systems change? | Networks, Systems Change & Social Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
I heart systems change. It's the pocket of practice that I've been working for the last five years and a topic I am motivated  to write about even though I'm on maternity leave. But when I try to e...
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Complexity Thinking

An overview of Systems Thinking, and how to apply the ideas of Complexity Theory to management of systems, with the results being called "Complexity Thinking".
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TEDxOxbridge - Marc Ventresca - Don't Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems

How does innovation happen? Economic and organizational sociologist Marc Ventresca approaches the world as a series of ethnographic encounters, seeing the mi...
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