Networks in Action

We’ve learned a lot in this course. Let’s try applying our learning to some case studies. You can pick one that is most relevant to you – or work through all of them! **Feel free to answer the questions on your own, but then discuss with others to see what they add to your learning […]

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What could go wrong?

When setting out somewhere new, it can be helpful to look ahead and prepare for what we might encounter along the way. In our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous) world, we won’t be able to anticipate everything, but considering a few cautions from those who have gone before can keep us from getting blindsided

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What skills are necessary?

Beat Rink has experience working with the Crescendo network. What ideas does he emphasize in this video? Be willing to serve and look for mutual benefit to bless others. Be willing to surrender control. Express appreciation. Be intentional about regular contact… Ask what can I do to love the people God has brought onto

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What mindsets are needed?

For some of us, the idea of working through networks seems disrespectful to authority structures and leaders. We are used to asking for permission before talking to people who work on other teams. And we have been primarily dependent on the resources that arrive through one particular “chain of command.” These past mindsets and ways

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What is a network?

For our collaborative ministry context, Simon Seow defines a network as: Network noun: net·​work | /’net wərk’/ a dynamic and diverse group of people who are connected by a common interest, passion, or audience focus, and collaborate to share knowledge, experience, information, and expertise to achieve a shared goal for the purpose of furthering the

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Why networks?

Understanding the “why” behind what we do motivates us and helps us lean into the unknown and unfamiliar. Many of us are familiar with hierarchical organizational structures with clear lines of authority, permissions, and responsibilities. Hierarchical structures offer benefits of consistency and standardization in large and complex environments.  The newer, organic, and less structured network

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Let’s begin!

Networks are everywhere. They connect us via global media and transportation infrastructures. Networks allow us to share energy, ideas, and resources. Networks unite biological systems in our bodies. You are already connected with and using networks in your everyday life. These are a few common networks: television networks the Internet powerline networks transportation networks molecule and

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