SO WHY IS MAKING OUR CONTRIBUTION SUCH A CHALLENGE?

BECAUSE WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE

More than ever, we need to learn how to harness the power of networks to tackle the complex issues we’re facing as a society.

–Jeff Mohr, Founder Kumu.io

We only become GREATER than the SUM of our parts through NETWORKS

  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • SUPPORT EMERGENCE
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES
  • FOSTER EMERGENCE
  • SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ACTION
  • INCREASE SOCIAL IMPACT
  • WEAVE A STRONGER NETWORK
  • TARGET YOUR EFFORTS
  • LEVERAGE YOUR RESOURCES

NETWORKS ARE BUILT ON CONNECTIONS

Better network connectivity starts with a map

Network Mapping Helps:

Community Members

Connect according to their own preferences.

See where they fit in the broader network.

Identify initiatives to engage in and contribute to.

Offer their skills & expertise to the community.

Gain visibility for their contributions.

Community Members

Strategize about how to move into a more influential role in the network.

Find others with either shared interests or new perspectives they'd like to connect with.

Contribute to the health of the network by finding good opportunities to close triangles.

Gain a clearer sense of who contributes what to the network.

Find others with the skills or expertise that would help their work progress.

Network Leaders & Weavers

Create conditions that foster lasting transformation.

Increase network transparency.

Discover the people who play key roles in the network.

Find sub-groups that should be more connected to the core or to each other.

Share success stories and ripple effects in a way that illuminates the role connections played.

Discover new perspectives at the periphery that the network could access.

Network Leaders & Weavers

Support members taking more independent initiative & moving beyond dependency on leaders.

Identify ways of increasing the flow of information and decreasing strain on members with high betweeness.

Ensure projects or working groups have people in the necessary roles (connectors, coordinators, facilitators, guardians).

Learn who is missing from the network & strategize about how to include them.

Funders and Investors

Lay a foundation for the conditions that lead to high-level network effectiveness.

Measure the increased connectedness & impact of projects over time.

Identify where the network is generating the most energy and the most change.

Funders and Investors

Identify membership-generated initiatives to support.

Increase insights that direct funding decisions.

Have an engaging platform for sharing the impact of the projects they fund.

Increase a sense for what is emerging in the communities they serve.

We Support Network Weavers

SOME OF THE WAYS WE CAN HELP

Social Network Analysis

A network map reveals aspects of your network, such as; who is not in the network, but should be; who are your network’s connectors, bridgers & disseminators; what are the pre-existing sub-groups or ‘communities’ within your network and how do all these elements relate to each other. Use this information to strengthen your network.

Custom Design – End to End

From learning about the system you aim to change, through survey design, to final mapped results, we can help you define, gather and visualize the specific data necessary to help your particular networks come alive with self-awareness.

Interactive Event Maps

When helping foster a network lens, an interactive network map is the perfect display or presentation to share at major network events. Gather connections prior to the event, and engage attendees during the event. Help people identify their own role within the network, gain greater understanding of the power of networks, and find ways they can help to strengthen the networks they care about.

Day-of-Event Map Updates

Seeing is believing – and not everyone chooses to be included in the network map until they see it. Our process enables people to put themselves on the map DURING the event. Day-of-event updating ensures that no-one gets left out, and that your map includes as many people and connections as possible. The more relevant members there are on the map, the more useful it becomes.

Interactive Online Maps

Our interactive network maps can be made publicly or privately available on the web, enabling members to learn more about each other and initiate connections and small-group actions on their own. In Kumu, network maps can even be used to track working-groups, share network learning & documentation, have discussions, show off success-stories, track ripple-effects and more – keeping your map relevant and active long after an event is over.

Strength of Connections

Knowing who knows who is one thing. Knowing the strength of those ties is another. We can go beyond superficial social media-type connections and measure the strength of connections between your members. This highlights the effectiveness of your efforts at fostering close & lasting collaborative relationships. It can also demonstrate the increasing strength of your network over time, which is especially useful for funder evaluations & attracting new members.

Regular Updates

Your online map can become a community tool for self-organizing activities and documenting network impacts. We can add new members to the map as the network grows and help you keep it updated and increasingly useful.

System Mapping

While better connectivity starts with a network map, lasting systemic change starts with a system map. System mapping helps to identify the system’s greatest leverage points. Developing and sharing a system map with your network allows network members to target their efforts where they will be most effective. When you integrate your network map with your system map, you create conditions that can catalyze rapid and profound transformation.

Friendly Guidance & Support

We pride ourselves on understanding systems-change and network-weaving objectives and techniques, being easy to work with, good listeners, creative problem-solvers, thorough, responsive and fun. Tell us what you’re trying to accomplish & we’ll help you get there.

Kumu Training

Once you have a network map in the online Kumu platform, we can help you take ownership and keep your map alive.

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Explore Examples of Our Work

Learn More About Network & System Mapping

These maps are embedded from Kumu.io. They take a moment to load, but they’re worth your patience. 

Example Network Map in Kumu

Network Lens Concept Map

Sample System Map - How Wolves Change Rivers

The Greater than the Sum Team

Christine Capra

Christine Capra

founder, consultant

Christine’s background in data-gathering/ evaluation/visualization, combined with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and a fervent passion for social change fuel her ongoing drive to discover and develop tools that can help others turn their social change visions into realities.

She has played many roles in change efforts over the decades, and has discovered she’s happiest when acting as a Network Guardian, supporting others with the skills & tools they need to be as effective as possible.

She is a relentless innovater, always coming up with new ideas, upsetting applecarts, pushing beyond comfort zones. She is passionate about generative communication, transformation through vulnerability and connection, self-organizing systems, and enabling people to take action toward making the world a better place.

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Our Marriage

foundation

A living network is greater than the sum of its parts, and so is the marriage this company is built on.

We’ve been together a quarter of a century, and in that time we’ve learned how profoundly our individual well-being, resilience, and capacity are amplified by the care and feeding of the ‘something larger’ or ‘field’ of our marriage. We’ve practiced extensively and deeply value the authentic communication, deep listening, courage and vulnerability required for true inter-being.

We come at everything very differently, and have complimentary strengths and weaknesses. We love, we conflict, we learn, we challenge each other and we grow from our differences. We know, without a doubt, that we would each be smaller and weaker apart than we are together.

To us, network weaving is an extension of our marriage – our contribution in support of the kinds of connection – ACROSS DIFFERENCES – that make us all greater than the sum of our separate-self parts. An extension our of love, beyond our marriage. Love in service to even greater love.

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Tim Hanson

founder, developer

Tim is the sustainer of the two of us.

He wrangles data from myriad sources into the shape necessary for map-making, manages the technical-development side of our efforts, develops & manages websites, and is the all-around finish-&-maintain-whatever-Christine-starts person.

When he’s not wrangling data, attending to our marriage, or helping Christine keep her priorities in order, he reverts to his earliest love and his primal Shaman mode – wrangling with spirits and sensing/ listening/ engaging with the energy- body- mytho- narratives of his energy-healing clients.

We Net-Work Proudly in Collaboration With:

Michael Bischoff

Michael Bischoff

consultant, facilitator

Michael founded Clarity Facilitation and The Social Innovation Lab. He is a master at desigining and facilitating inclusive and effective group processes. He is an active network weaver who practices connecting & supporting networks for greater justice & sustainability in everything he does. And he is a joy to work with.

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Janne K. Flisrand

consultant, facilitator

Janne founded Flisrand Consulting which connects people, places and ideas through smart process..

Janne approaches the world – and her work – with a broad, open-minded curiosity about people, how they interact with places, and how they respond to their context. She sees the implications of ideas, connections between abstractions and specifics, and applies concepts to real problems.

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Albert Linderman, Ph.D.

consultant, facilitator

Albert is a cultural anthropologist and CEO of Sagis Corporation.

With his Sagis partners, Albert has developed a proprietary means, SagisSense, for eliciting and representing the “Deep Smarts” of experts, leaders and teams. These tacit “deep smarts,” include deep level mental models and ways of approaching human and organizational systems crucial to understanding leaders’ and teams’ expertise.

He uses Otto Scharmer’s “Presencing” in group facilitation.

Albert is also the author of a number of articles, as well as a book on philosophy of knowledge, Why the World Around You isn’t as it Appears (SteinerBooks, 2012). He has served on numerous boards and contributes to his many friends in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities.

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You?

consultant, facilitator

Feeling boxed in by playing too many roles?

We love collaborating with and supporting professional network weavers & organizational consultants in their network development efforts.

If you’re ready to increase the sophistication of your network mapping efforts, or take network mapping off your plate so you can focus on the parts of the work you do best, get in touch.

We’re just as happy staying behind the scenes & leaving you to nurture your client relationships as we are jumping in and helping facilitate if and when you need it.