From Networked Advocacy
Examples of effective weavers
We're still in the process of gathering examples on the case studies page, after which we'll start linking to those illustrative of strong weavers here. Add your examples below or on the case studies page!
- Landscape the network to flesh out greatest needs for 'weaving'. Are there certain groups or individuals that clearly need to be connected, for example?
- Identify actors, communities and activities the weaver should 'connect'.
- Encourage weavers to get to know network members well. Talk and build relationships with members.
- Watch for key moments around which weaver can play essential bridge-building role.
- Track metrics to demonstrate weaver success, including number of new ties, how often people ask for help, how comfortable people feel asking for help, etc. This is well done through surveys.
- Watch for smaller spin-off communities weaver can foster. Can they recruit point-people for smaller communities within the broader
- WHAT ELSE?
The following questions can help you investigate the strength of your network social ties...
- Overview of some handy evaluation tools
- Are there network weavers? Are they appointed or self-assigned?
- What do weavers do? How do they know what to do?
- Do weavers work with the entire community, or subsets of the community?
- What culture keeps them in charge?
- What values, skills experiences are necessary for them to get their job done?
- WHAT ELSE?
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.
Photo Credit: Weaving photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindy47452/63697277/cindy47452 link title