It might not be obvious that you fit in and you might wonder if you should even try, and you might have just spent 15 years on a totally different path, but do not hesitate even one more second…jump, leap, dance, bungee, climb, claw your way there, but go forward. Our team is still teetering between working at a university and launching a data science technology startup. It is not a known, well-understood, or even comfortable place. But we are doing it…because we can, because it’s fun, and because we believe! You can do it too.
Rhizomes are a great metaphor for network leadership: network leadership is about working together to make sure that people in the network are connected in way that encourages flows of resources, information and support to every part of the network. Network leadership is about noticing people or groups who are not being able to access resources and who have been marginalized by the culture of hierarchies, and encouraging them to initiate collaborative action.
Visible Network Labs is the culmination of many years of hard work. Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds, including network science, policy research, training and software development. However the spark behind our mission, tools and services really is our CEO and Co-founder, Dr. Danielle Varda.
Using PARTNER data, network managers can be more strategic in how they build, manage and evaluate their networks to improve processes and outcomes alike. However as with any tool, there can be a bit of a learning curve when you are first starting out. If you’re thinking about using the PARTNER Tool but haven’t launched your survey yet, we wanted to provide some tips and best practices to make the most of your analysis before you get started.
The lesson here is that to be a great networker, you don’t have to be super outgoing, someone who goes to every event, the person with the biggest list of partners, friends, or colleagues. Rather, the great networkers are those that think strategically about how they build their networks and intentionally keep them as small as possible to reach the greatest number of others.
The VNL team is hard at work preparing a new blog for our website! Our goal is to provide our community helpful advice, tips and resources to increase your knowledge of network science and leadership. If you have a topic you’d like us to blog about, drop us a line through our “Get Involved” page. Check back weekly for new articles and advice!