Why you should apply Living Systems Theory to Social Network Design

With the explosion in social software and the recognition that these types of systems need to reach critical mass to survive and prosper it is amazing that so few people are applying the well-established philosophical principles of living systems (autopoiesis) to design for sustainability.

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A Social Network Development Model

Way back in the social networking Dark Ages, OK – October 2005, I published a “A Virtual Community Development Model” with sports metaphors for each stage. Looking back today I think some of it still applies to the development of those social networks driven primarily by shared interests/knowledge (rather than by relationship building). But see what you think?

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Social software group dynamics: Clay Shirky

One of the papers I re-read lately is Clay Shirky’s landmark speech at ETech in 2003 “A group is its own worst enemy” where he identifies 4 principles for social software/social network design. These principles are every bit as relevant today as they were 5 years ago.

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A great free Social Network Analysis Tool

I have been checking out social network analysis (SNA) tools which allow social network data (directly input or imported from external systems) to be displayed, manipulated and analysed graphically in a number of ways. I was also looking for SNA tools which are free or have a free version. Here’s 4 tools which look very useful!

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Recovering lost group communications skills

Richard Cross describes how the study of communications in societies untouched by cyberspace has enabled the rediscovery of lost communications instincts and the invention of a new patented technology for knowledge dissemination in enterprises.

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Social Network Analysis: an introduction

Any social organisation from the smallest team to the largest enterprise carries with it a social network. Until recently these social networks were largely invisible to the organisations which depended on them. Now Social Network Analysis or SNA is a hot topic but what is it, where did it come from and how does it work: Richard Cross, bioteams.com Guest Author, explains.

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Social Network Design tips

In ‘How to build your network’, by Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap, Harvard Business Review December 2005, the authors argue that strong personal networks don’t just happen but need careful cultivation involving ‘relatively high-stakes activities’ with diverse groups of people.

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Real creativity is a social activity

Creative innovation needs social networks not just neural networks
We often have in our head the stereotype of the brilliant but solitary artist or writer who cannot, or will not, work with anyone else but is this the whole story on creativity and innovation?

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