Networks and Complexity (1)

Dave Snowden

Complex human systems, such as organizations, communities or economies, go hand-in-hand with networks. Networks can reveal various structures and various layers in complex systems – the connections (links) between the components are key. Figure 1 – Fully Connected Network.

Thinking about Networks – 2

Dave Snowden

It is funny, when we think about networks, we think about groups, communities, systems, and other complex collections of interacting entities. Yet, the most popular social network metrics are “individual centralities”! Who spans the most structural holes in the network? They are important for how they weave the network — what they do for the whole community. We live in complex interconnected clustered networks (a.k.a.


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subject matter networks

Harold Jarche

We live in a networked world. So do we rely on one subject matter expert or rather a subject matter network ? I have noted many discrepancies between advice from our Chief Medical Officer of Health as opposed to a network of experts who I follow on Twitter.

The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Social Network Is the Computer. For years, The Network Is the Computer was used as a marketing tagline by Sun Microsystems , - now part of Oracle,- to emphasize that in the Internet age, networked systems and applications were far more powerful than any single computer.

RSS and the Browser As Social Network

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Centralized social networks work much better for user tracking and link promotion. Services like Patreon and Substack are enabling content producers to stay outside social networks and directly reach (and monetize) readers. Google Reader - source Responding to Mark Berthelemy.

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Euen Semple

The topic of networking has come up a couple of times over the past few days and it is clearly a word that carries baggage. Some people associate networking with those uncomfortable professional events where people thrust their business card into your hand before you have even finished the introductions. But the world works through networks. Building a network of people you trust and who trust you is the best way of getting on in any sphere of human activity.

our crisis in network leadership

Harold Jarche

This pandemic has become a crisis in network leadership. The digital networks that now connect all of us globally give us a new sense-making platform that many of us and most of our leaders ignore or use inappropriately. Last June, I wrote — our wake-up call.

May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As we know, The Force is a source of power for those who, like the Jedi , feel its flow. “The network force is similar,” wrote Silicon Valley network expert and entrepreneur James Currier in Your Life is Driven by Network Effects. “You don’t always see it, but it is exerting itself on you.

stories for the network age

Harold Jarche

The TIMN model [Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks] developed by David Ronfeldt has influenced much of my own work in looking at how we are moving toward a network society and must create organizational forms that are beyond national governments and beyond markets.

toward a network society

Harold Jarche

A quadriform society would be primarily guided by the Network form of organizing. Many of the young inherently understand what makes a network society. We need to promote cooperative leadership and embrace diversity to harness the power of human networks. Our current triform society is based on families/communities, a public sector, and a private market sector.

complex networks of trust

Harold Jarche

Networks of trust are what create value for society. Only global networks of trust can work on this complex problem. These networks start with individuals connecting to each other. Trusted knowledge networks are the key to our growth as a society. What is innovation? —

smarter networks through better narratives

Harold Jarche

Leadership in a networked world is making our networks and communities smarter so they are able to make better-informed decisions. In early 2020 New Brunswick’s Education Minister, Dominic Cardy, worked very hard to make his network smarter.

nature favours large social groups that network their information

Harold Jarche

As the world becomes more networked, interdependent, politically and environmentally challenged, all organizations are now dealing with complex environments. Today, networked digital tools can help us develop emergent practices.

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networked unmanagement

Harold Jarche

What are fundamental changes necessary to shift the dominant organizational model toward stronger networks and temporary, mutually negotiated hierarchies? They have been provided with a lot of advice around business models from local government and industry, but they have not seen any models that reflect the reality of the network era: post-job, global, digital, mobile, complex, creative, agile, self-managing, etc. Jarche’s Principles of Networked Unmanagement*.

sensemaking in a networked world

Harold Jarche

It’s a networked world. Personal Knowledge Mastery is staying afloat in a sea of information buoyed by knowledge networks and guided by communities of practice. Develop knowledge networks for continuous learning. As we become more connected we should not be cutting out social media, instead we should be using them in smarter ways so that we are sensemaking beyond the outrage. Don’t teach people how to fish.

Networks, networks, networks

Harold Jarche

It is within this context that one has to consider the business value of social networks, and their impact in helping people better connect with each other, and build sustaining relationships that enhance knowledge flows and innovation. A Man with a PhD: Natural selection: networks & diversity. It’s not the size of your network that matters but how you engage folks of diverse opinion & practice – Neighbor Networks.

Networked Knowing

Harold Jarche

The theme was on the changing nature of work as we enter the network era and how learning is becoming integral to individual and organizational success. One hundred years later and we are witnessing a similar shift, from the industrial economy to the network era and a creative economy. Networks are beginning to replace hierarchies as the organizational model to get work done and exchange value. In networks, there is no need for standardized and replaceable jobs.

Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The essence of blockchain, notes the report , is that the unit of competition is the networked ecosystem , no longer a single enterprise. “As blockchain adoption continues to gather momentum, organizations must approach their blockchain strategies with the same rigor and commitment as any other new and transformative strategies. In search of value - From “The Network is the Computer” to “The Ecosystem is the Business”.

the new networked norm

Harold Jarche

The network era began with the advent of electric communications, though it is by no means completely established. As we enter the network era we see companies like Apple dominating, often ignoring Wall Street pundits. With network effects, Google can control the online advertising market, making market competition almost irrelevant. In the network era, effective leaders also have to build their reputational power through connected leadership.

network management protocols

Harold Jarche

My principle of network management is an update of the principle of scientific management put forth by F.W. Based on this format, I have proposed the following principle for work in a post-industrial network society. These ten protocols show specific ways that we can create an organization based on the principle of network management. Willing Cooperation: through interdependent workers as shared investors, making informed choices within a network architecture.


Harold Jarche

I’ve seen a merging of work and learning as more of our lives are lived in larger and more complex networks. This decade has witnessed an increasing use of social network analysis and value network analysis , while social media are starting to permeate every type of business, especially marketing. In learning theory we now have Connectivism - the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories. NETWORKS.

Restoring the Network of Bloggers

David Weinberger

While social networking sites like Facebook maintain a centralized, closed network of people, FOAF enables open, decentralized social networks to emerge. Your FOAF file lists who you consider to be in your social network — your friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. Because FOAF files are typically open, they can be read by any application that wants to provide social networking services.

Networked monkeys

Harold Jarche

” @eekim – The Real Importance of Networks: Understanding Power. Networks are not a rejection of hierarchy. Networks are a rejection of rigidity. Powerful networks allow the right hierarchies to emerge at the right time. @flowchainsensei – “Even when companies don’t pay peanuts, seems like they still mostly want monkeys. If I’m gonna be a monkey, at least it’ll be a Chaos Monkey.”

the network era trinity

Harold Jarche

Governance, business, and learning models are moving from centralized control to network-centric foundations. For instance, coalition governments are increasing in frequency, businesses are organizing in value networks, and collaborative and connected learning is becoming widespread. There are advocates for a dual operating system to deal with the complexity of the networked era: one that is hierarchical and another that is networked.

Networked Learning: Groups, Networks

George Siemens

The Networked Learning Conference 2010 is hosting another hot seat. This time, Etienne Wenger starts the conversation by asking about the distinction between groups/communities/networks. The ensuing discussion will be a valuable resource for CCK10 this fall…

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networked social capital

Harold Jarche

These data required a subject matter network to make sense of them. ex_cid=story-facebook” at the end of the referenced URL] Everyone is tracking you online, even the ‘good guys’ Anyone in a position of organizational leadership in this connected world should be focused on making their networks smarter. The smarter their networks, the better decisions they will be able to make. Understanding networked markets requires more than expert analysis.

principles of networked management

Harold Jarche

This is a good example of networked management, as opposed to scientific management (1911), which informed the past century of practice. Principles of Networked Management: It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation that more creative work can be fostered.

[2b2k] MOOCs as networks

David Weinberger

2B2K’s answer (such as it is) is that you make a room smart by enabling its inhabitants to create a knowledge network. Such a network would at a minimum connect all the participants laterally, as well as involving the teacher It would encourage discussion of course topics, but be pleased about discussions that go off topic and engage students socially. It would encourage links within and outside of the course network.

diverse networks, strong relationships

Harold Jarche

Being engaged with a diverse network of people who share their knowledge makes for more effective workers. Understanding how to do this becomes a key business skill in the network era. “We What distinguished high performers were larger and more diversified personal networks.” – Rob Cross, et al (2004). “Experts have long argued about the optimal structure of a person’s professional network.

Network thinking

Harold Jarche

Tweet Curtis Ogden at The Interaction Institute provides a very good summary of the differences between network-centric and hierarchy-centric thinking, called Network Thinking : Adaptability instead of control. One major challenge in helping organizations improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing is getting people to see themselves as nodes in various networks, with different types of relationships between them.

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

George Siemens

I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m A second aspect of innovation for this grant will result in the development of a network of partner universities who are focused on increasing participation from sectors of society that currently are not entering higher education. Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research.

Usability and Networks

Clark Quinn

As I mentioned in an earlier post , I have been using Safari and Google to traverse the networks. My point is that I’ve been leveraging the benefits of networks for a bloody long time. Network effects are true for people and for data. The post Usability and Networks appeared first on Learnlets. And in a comment, I mentioned that the recent launch of the new Firefox browser was prompting me to switch.

networked knowledge creates value

Harold Jarche

As we enter the network era, the dominant technology is the internet and working knowledge is distributed through professional communities. In the network era, business is changing. In the networked knowledge triad , I tried to show how real value creation today happens outside the organization. Therefore people should develop value creation networks that connects to the world, beyond the current workplace. That stability comes from our networks.

Networks of Networks

George Siemens

Connectedness and integration makes networks powerful. When one aspect of an interconnected network begins to fail, cascading phenomenon can impact the integrity of other networks. Network of Networks puts it this way: When networks are interdependent, you might think they’re more stable. But it can do the opposite…Networks with broad distributions are robust against random attacks. And susceptible to large-scale failure.

implementing network learning

Harold Jarche

In the network era , developing the skills of a master artisan in every field of work will be critical for success. New ideas will have to come from our professional networks in order to keep pace with innovation and change in our fields. The essence of my network learning model is that knowledge flows between individuals engaged in doing work and sharing with their communities and social networks. Implementing the network learning model has many facets.

helping make the network smarter

Harold Jarche

The result of what Siilasmaa learned is an excellent example of the integration of learning and work, a necessity in the network era workplace. Innovation will emerge from the entire network, when everyone is responsible in a transparent and open organization. Making the Network Smarter. Actively listening requires an engagement with networked contributors who are closely in touch with their environment.

networked unlearning

Harold Jarche

Today, we can easily connect to networks that offer diverse views. But finding and weaving our knowledge networks is getting easier with over two billion of us connected by the Internet. Our networks can help us unlearn; if they are are open, transparent, and most importantly, diverse. A more descriptive term for Personal Knowledge Management might just be Networked Unlearning or connected critical thinking.

Loyalty in Social Networks

Luis Suarez

that was not triggered by you but by someone else in your social networks. Perhaps the one single sentence that pretty much describes the raison d’être as to why I got involved with Knowledge Management, Collaboration, Learning, Online Communities and Social Networking for Business over 16 years ago in the first place as an opportunity to learn and grow as a knowledge (Web) worker: “ Survival (and with that enjoyment) is finding work arounds and for that you have to ….

Digital Learning Research Network Conference

George Siemens

I’ve been working with several colleagues on arranging the upcoming Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford, October 16-17, 2015. It will be an intentionally eclectic mix of people, institutions, and ideas as we explore the nodes that are weaving the network of education’s future. The call for papers is now open. We are looking for short abstracts – 250 words – on topics of digital learning. The deadline is May 31.

networked knowledge triad

Harold Jarche

This model of structure, power, and leadership reflects how knowledge flows in a networked society and economy. It also reflects the types of networks we need to engage with in order to create value: Connectivity, Alignment, Productivity. Niels explains how we need to understand and design for our networks (Value Creation Structure) before we create the Formal Structure. If you have a large and diverse social (Connectivity) network, everything else will fall into place.

Network Era Skills

Harold Jarche

It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured in the network era. Business in the network era is connecting companies to their markets through knowledge workers having conversations in communities and social networks. This is where enterprise social networks have helped organizational learning.

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Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Adapted from a talk given March 9, 2017, at the State University of New York in Syracuse, this essay describes several key innovations shaping the future of open learning: distributed social networks, cloud infrastructures and virtualization, immersive reality, and personal learning environments. And finally, I continue to work on Connectivism, the idea that ‘to know’ is to be or to instantiate a network of connections in the brain, in society, or wherever you can find a network.

organizing for the network era

Harold Jarche

The network era, with digital electric communications, changes this. Last year I described several of my principles and models for the network era and showed how they related to each other. I would like to put these together in a coherent framework to show how we can design organizations for the network era, instead of ones optimized for markets, institutions, or tribes. The network era needs new structures, not modified versions of obsolete models.