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Things are building nicely for our Exploratory next week looking at the connections between sense-making, complexity, and network theory.  It starts next week and runs through to the 10th March which will a lot of time for discussion and thinking.   As a part of the preparation, Valdis and I have been exchanging a series […]
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valdiskrebs
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 is the most connected? Who is the best connected? Who is the hub? Who is the influencer? Who spans the most structural holes […]
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Dave Snowden
Earlier in the month, I wrote two posts on networks, and in the second gave the first public airing to one of the most important developments of the last few years namely Entangled Trios.  On either side of the link, you will see posts from my good friend Valdis Krebs.  This post is a response […]
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valdiskrebs
Initially Dave and I each wrote a post around what see as important to discuss in the upcoming Exploratory.  Part of what we are doing here is sense-making and now I am going to make sense of what David wrote and start a conversation on those topics. Social and Organizational Network Analysis (SNA/ONA) Reading through […]
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Dave Snowden
In my earlier post I reprised my earlier work on the role of informal networks with a view to updating and extending that today, keeping with the metaphor of mycorrhiza.  In the meantime Valdis has made a first post in his work and ideas.  The two of us agreed to do this in parallel for […]
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valdiskrebs
Complex human systems, such as organizations, communities or economies, can be modeled as networks. Network nodes can represent system components, while system interactions, such as flows of knowledge, influence, information or relationship, can be represented by symmetric or asymmetric network links. When “networks” are mentioned, many people assume that a network means that everyone is […]
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Dave Snowden
Many years ago now, at the end of the Knowledge Wars in IBM, I ended up (as a part of the peace settlement) working in the Institute for Knowledge Management (IKM).  That meant flying to Boston once a month and staying in the Marriott Kendal Square which was just over the road from the MIT […]
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