You often connect with others to complete projects, share interests, or create social change. You connect through a network of formal and informal exchanges that share energy and other resources to accomplish your goals. However, it is difficult to sustain such connections over time. There are many common ways to strengthen a network’s structure. For example, you create hubs. You replace missing connections. You move from a hub-and-spoke structure to establish multiple, highly connected nodes. Yet ultimately the group loses energy, ultimately disconnecting altogether. The reality of the networking experience doesn’t match your image of what a network should be or how it should function over time.

Human systems dynamics (HSD) sees networks as a pool of potential connections, with active linkages emerging only when they are needed for shared work. These are called emergent or unstructured networks. They connect individuals and groups for powerful and useful action, and they dissipate when the work is complete. In this HSD Adaptive Action Lab, you will 1) see the usefulness in these connections; 2) create the best fit between patterns of connection and the work to be done; and 3) set conditions for your own emergent network to accomplish your work. Join us to work on your own most challenging issues around networking and networks.

Faculty & Coaches

Griff Griffiths, MSc, HSDP
Mary Nations, MSt, MSOD, HSDP
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