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Social Networks Resources


Here is one page among many out there that provide a good intorduction to Social Network analysis. There is no doubt that the richer and stronger and more well connected we are the more we enjoy a sense of belonging.

As the site author puts it, “When it comes to relationships, at some level or another we all know the importance and power of our social networks. How many times have you heard “Its not what you know, it’s who.”

As described in A social network is a social structure made of nodes which are generally individuals or organizations.

Social Network Analysis is an approach which almost certainly grew out of the Jacob Moreno’s work in the 1930’s. So far, Social Network Analysis has spent a large amount of its time in the rigorous mathematical pursuit of analysis. A new area is opening up in the creation and facilitation of meaning and sensemaking around the social networks that we belong to. This is provides my lens into social networks, analys is and sensemaking.

Getting up to speed

What is SNA Sensemaking?
Social Network Sensemaking is all about the meaning we make of and from social networks and also encouraging and facilitating our own sensemaking around social networks.
An SNA Sensemaking Activity
We’ve learnt that for SNA to be effective in group situations there is real value in preparing people for what they may see within typical social network maps. The “hubs and bridges expectations warm-up” is one of our sensemaking processes useful for such preparation. This warm up activity aims to prepare groups for sensemaking in a productive and non-confrontational way.
Bridges and Hubs in Social Networks
When it comes to Social Network Analysis (SNA) a common practice is to use centrality measures such as Betweenness (Bridgeness), Closeness and Degree. This link explores some of the hidden assumptions and potential problems in the naive use of these 2 centrality measures.
3 big problems for social network analysis
We suggest that Social Network Analysis needs to move beyond mere analysis and overcome 3 big problems: engendering trust, dispelling the
illusion of accuracy, and taming the expert mindset. A sensemaking approach might just
be the answer.
Connecting People: How to Foster and Harness Your Organisation’s Connectors
While passers-by see the granite and glass of high-rise buildings, well-connected people think of the organisations within as collections of interesting people they want to meet. Mention a business and these ‘connectors’ will spill out the names of key informants and decision-makers. Connectors know lots of people……
A quick primer on Social Network Analysis
This is a very quick primer on Social Network Analysis. Written to help get you on the track.
Online forum around Organisational Network Analysis
ONA-prac is an online forum an early stage Community of Practice on Organizational Network Analysis (ONA). ONA is the application of Social Network Analysis (SNA) concepts, methods, and tools in support of improving the effectiveness of organizations, both internally and with customers and partners.

This forum is intended for practitioners of ONA as well as anyone in an organization who has an interest in or need to understand how to improve organizational performance.

Software for Social Network Analysis
This link provides a fairly comprehensive link for what’s available in the space of software to support your social network analysis work.



Thanks Doug. For those of you who don’t now who Henri Nouwen is you can find out at the society with his name sake.


“A chance meeting with Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, an international movement of communities that welcome people with disabilities, inspired Nouwen to spend a year writing in the original L’Arche community in Trosly-Breuil, France. He felt at home there and in 1986 accepted an invitation to become pastor for the L’Arche community of Daybreak in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, Canada.”

Posted by: Brian | Tuesday November 7, 2006, 9:09 pm

Thanks for offering these excellent resources! I took a few minutes to peruse your site and thoroughly enjoyed it. Blessings on all your efforts. Your passion made me think of Henri Nouwen, then I noticed the Jean Vanier quote. Excellent!
Posted by: Doug Floyd | Tuesday November 7, 2006, 6:41 pm


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