Peer networks and networks of practice are the informal, emergent social networks that facilitate information exchange between individuals with practice-related goals. And these networks are the unspoken lifelines that run through social movements.

Through connecting, enabling and helping people to support each other, these networks enable deep transformation, weaving through the complex environments that social movements seek to change.

This training session focuses on how to build and manage peer-led networks without adopting a command and control mentality. This top-down mindset prevents networks from thriving. We’ll show you the tools, techniques and behaviours you need to allow other people to lead and flourish. This is the key to growing and sustaining a thriving network.

During this session, we will walk you through The Network Building Canvas, which is designed to help you understand, test and experiment with your network. Who is in the network? How do people find it? How do you shift from command and control to a genuine peer-led network that powers itself and others?

In this four hour introduction to networks for impact we will run through our the following key areas of the canvas which cover the essentials of creating strong peer networks and networks of practice:

1. Typologies and structures
What are the different types of network? Are there different stages of network development?

2. Purpose, identity and values
Do people need a shared vision to form a successful network?

3. Power, leadership and decision-making
How can people work together to make networks effective?

4. Roles and functions of people
What roles are essential in networks to make networks effective?

5. Value creation and exchange
What value can networks create and how is it exchanged? What are the potential business models?

6. Infrastructure and resources
What resources and infrastructure are needed to best support networks?

Sign up for one of the pay-what-you-can training dates listed below or email hello@thesocialchangeagency.org to request on-site training at your location.

Date:
05/02/2020, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location:
Ark Co-working, 237 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NG

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