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Defining shared resources

Needs for this page: 
* more examples of helpful resources
* ideas on making resource sharing non-threatening 

Other network characteristics discussed on the wiki: 
* Social Ties
* Common Story
* Vision
* Communications
* Feedback
{parrots sharing food.}
Networks must be able to identify resources present within the network – including skills, talents, experiences, access and money. They must also be able to manage resources and apply network assets to coordinated tasks.

Examples of network resources

Examples of shared resources

We're still in the process of gathering examples on the case studies page, after which we'll start linking to those illustrative of shared resources here. Add your examples below or on the case studies page!

Building shared resources

  • Expose available skills to network members, for example through directories and online tools like blogs and RSS.
  • Create opportunities for network members to expose, offer and take resources: listservs, happy hours, newsletters, events, etc.
  • Develop materials collaboratively using platforms like wikis and Google Docs.
  • Create a network weaver to connect members and resources.
  • Develop targeted materials for specific needs and functions, for example: acronym wiki for new hires, funder directory for a particular field, legislative history of a specific issue.
  • Have members train each other in necessary skills.
  • WHAT ELSE? Add your ideas to this list!
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Evaluating resources

The following questions can help you investigate the strength of your network resources...

  • Overview of some handy evaluation tools
  • Map resources that exist within the network. Share with members. (Tips on mapping network resources coming soon!)
  • Assess which skills and resources are necessary for the network to achieve its goals.
  • Identify network resource needs: are you hoping to do press work, but don't have anyone with expertise in that area?
  • Identify network resource surpluses: what can members easily share with each other?
  • Are resources visible to network members? Do they know what's available?
  • What resources are shared within the network? When and how?
  • What information is most valuable to network members? How often is this information shared?
  • Are resources somehow archived? Can new members easily catch up to speed?
  • Does the network use online networking tools like blogs or wikis to gather, share and comment on resources? How many network members are familiar with these tools?
  • What particular skills are important and being shared within your network: who are the innovators, sages, connectors, etc.?
  • Who connects members with each other? Is there a paid "network weaver"?
  • Evaluation tools
  • WHAT ELSE? Add your ideas to this list!

Q&A and Tips

Ask questions of other network builders on the this page's 'discussion' page (follow the tab at the top of this page). We'll pull highlights into this space.

  • Tip: Resource exchange is the crux of effective networks. Members must inherently give and get something from participation - there's a 'bargain' in a network. Although it depends on what kind of network you have, it's usually not enough for members to just know eachother. There must be trading and sharing of one sort or another...

Photo Credits Parrots sharing: Marco Ruiz. Crowd photo: adlaw: