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Net-Map Certification Training, Washington DC, Nov 20-21, 2015

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Understand how people and their networks influence your (project) success – learn Net – Map! You are curious about network analysis but what you read about it sounds extremely technical, confusing and abstract?

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Own it – with a smile

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(Picture by Alan Cleaver on flickr). How do you deal with situations you are not 100% comfortable with? How do you approach your work and your family life when it gets stressful? Are you quick to blame others for whatever goes wrong?

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For innovation: Amplify the low signal

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Crow brings the daylight, by Ruth Meharg. My work often involves getting familiar with a new country and sector in a short amount of time, discussing challenges with many different stakeholders and together developing and implementing strategies for change.

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Guiding your network weaving: Net-Map training in DC (June 27-28)

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At our trainings you dive into using Net-Map in your own context pretty quickly. Last fall one of our participants actually took a break from the map he was drawing because it made him realize that he had to make a few phone calls to some key influencers that he had not been quite aware of.

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How my bad French made me a better facilitator

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I recently went on a mission to Cameroon, where one of my tasks was to facilitate a workshop with about 100 participants. Cameroon is a bilingual country – but that doesn’t mean all Cameroonians are bilingual.

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Net-Map training, 16th-17th August, Washington DC

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You want to understand the politics of a reform, manage the people side of your business, evaluate complex projects or do engaging qualitative, quantitative and visual network research? The most engaging part of a Net-Map training that is open to everyone is the diversity of participants.

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Talk about corruption!

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“Monster, I see you!” ” (picture copyright by puuikibeach on flickr). I’m just back from a trip to a not so democratic nation in Africa and from an amazing Net-Mapping session with urban water managers.

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Is perfect really perfect?

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Perfection is the dead end road that leads to a castle with closed doors (picture copyright by wiseGeek). It has become fashionable in job interviews to ask applicants about their greatest weakness.

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40 Maps that wil help you make sense of the world

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(Veleripieris circle by Kenneth Myers). The map is not the territory. A map in the scale 1:1 would be useless – and cover the whole area that it intends to depict. In each map, you have to choose what story you want to tell.

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Become an expert Net-Map facilitator: Next training in DC June 27-28

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We are are planning 2 Net-Map workshops in Washington DC this year. There are some more workshops planned in other parts of the world (e.g. Kenya in May and Pakistan in April)– so stay tuned.

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Rare opportunity: Learn Net-Map in the UK!

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How about hanging out at the beach, learning Net-Map and meeting about 1000 highly intelligent social network analysis experts of every discipline, who do everything from crazy complex quantitative stuff to anthropologically observing network development on the ground?

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First Net-Map training in Nairobi, Kenya (May 21-23)

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. The Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, where the training will be held. It started with a simple request many months ago: Kentice Tikolo of the Kenya based strategy communications firm Impact Africa asked me: What do I need to do to learn Net-Map?

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How the poor adapt to climate change in Kenya and Ethiopia

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Farmers in Ethiopia (picture credit Stevie Mann, ILRI). … and what role their formal and informal networks play in this. Let me share some of the work my former colleagues at IFPRI have been doing with Net-Map.

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Leadership is an activity, not a position

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Writing it on the wall will not make you a leader, sorry. picture by Ziggy_Mo on Flickr). We often talk about leaders and what we actually mean is “people who sit in a high position in a formal hierarchy”, people in so called leadership positions.

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Net-Map training: Learn to map your career or torture networks…

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The most interesting aspect of teaching Net-Map is that our participants bring their own cases to map, so that they can learn how to apply the method to their own problems.

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Next Net-Map Training: November 1-2

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We have to finalize some of the details, but the date is set, so mark it in your calendar: Our next two day Net-Map training workshop will be in Washington, DC, on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of November.

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The three biggest networking mistakes of advocacy groups

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That’s one way of getting your message accross – just throw it at them… (picture copyright by Emily Layla). A member of our new Net-Map LinkedIn Group asked about how Net-Map can be used to improve the effectiveness of advocacy groups.

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Professional Networking – One size does not fit all

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If let to your own devices… what kind of web would you weave (picture copyright by Misserion on flickr). “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

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Oh the sheer beauty of networks…

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I could spend days surfing the 777 different projects that the visualcomplexity project has gathered, some of them amaze me because of what they are about, more of them just because they are so beautiful. Some examples, just to get you started.

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Facilitate! Don’t be a Clever-Bully

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Clever-Bully (picture by Diamond Select Toys). I’ve been teaching Net-Map a lot, lately.

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The gift of doubt

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Albert O. Hirschman.

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Teams: Together we do 139 % of the work

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We know the sound of two hands clapping – what is the sound that one hand contributes… (picture by rs snaps on flickr).

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Talk to the Emir to save new-born chilrden

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If you want to protect new-born babies from dying of preventable cause, who do you talk to? The Ministry of Health, right? Because it is their mandate. And their expertise. And they get the funding to do it. Well, do they?

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Can a high school drop-out find a job with Net-Map?

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(Picture copyright Lydia on flickr).

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Public Policy and the Idea of the Vietnamese State: The Cultural Political Economy of Domestic Water Supply

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A Net-Map study on formal and informal water governance in Vietnam , by Nadine Reis and Peter P.

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Can you change organizational culture?

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What organizational culture might these ladies be brewing? copyright by PumpkinWayne on Flickr).

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What is a link?

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giving money, Are you connected by sausage links? copyright by stevendepolo on Flickr).

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Strategic engagement – with snakes, elephants, baboons, mosquitos and meercats

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I am just back from work in Southern Africa. And while I was in a specific country with it’s specifically difficult political context, the question that keept us awake at night was rather universal: How can we influence without much formal authority?

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Net-Map Level 1 Certification Course (Washington, DC)

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We offer Net-Map certification courses on 4 levels: Level 1: Net-Map Facilitation. Level 2: Net-Map Qualitative and Visual Data Collection and Analysis. Level 3: Net-Map Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis. Level 4: Net-Map Mastery – Train the Trainer. Join us for a 2 day, Level 1 Net-Map class on the 4.-5. of August in Washington DC! You will learn how to use this pen-and-paper method in meetings, individual interviews and to structure your own thinking process.

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New Year’s Resolution: This year I won’t take the caterpillar approach to personal growth

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I cannot fly! I know that from experience! Change Management musings opportunities original Artwork personal development Uncategorized Caterpillar Change Musings New Year''s Resolution Original Artwork Personal Growth Refusal for Fly

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5 ways how drawing helps you think better

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In the past year I have taken a deep dive into visual thinking and finally, seven years after developing Net-Map in the hot, dusty North of Ghana, I understood why it leads to the insights and transformations it facilitates.

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Net-Map workshop in DC – May 1-2, 2015

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Come summer and it is that time of the year to immerse into mapping your complex networks. The two day Net-Map workshop teaches you basic understanding of the method, with emphasis on learning by drawing your network.

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What’s more important? People or structures?

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If you look at any great change, in your organization, in history, and you ask people to describe who this happened, most likely you will get one of these two stories: Story 1. It’s all about the people: There was this inspired leader, or evil man, or group of passionate individuals, or conspirators, or clever people, who came up with this grand idea who made all of this happen.

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Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia through a Gender and Governance Lens

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This paper uses Net-Map for qualitative data collection on the use of agricultural extension in Ethiopia, especially understanding the role of women (authors: Tewodaj Mogues, Marc J. Cohen, Regina Birner, Mamusha Lemma, Josee Randriamamonjy, Fanaye Tadesse and Zelekawork Paulos).

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Involuntarily airborne dog explains complexity

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Involuntarily airborne dog explains complexity

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I love being a small fish

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When I work with people who know nothing about network analysis… (picture copyright Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary). Next week I’ll be a very small fish – at the annual conference of the International Network of Social Network Analysis in Hamburg, Germany.

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It’s not just who you know but what you know about them

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In one of my leadership trainings I had a number of mid-level managers draw Net-Maps around personal career goals: Who will influence that I reach this goal? One participant enthusiastically drew a complex map and when she reported back to the group we realized that she knew something about everyone on the map, including their big and small dirty secrets.

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The participant who drives you crazy is not you at all!

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What can I learn from someone so different? picture copyright by Temari 09 on flickr). So, you read my post about the participant who drives you crazy because you feel like looking in a mirror with bad lighting.

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Having the wrong map can kill you

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Your personal conflict map might be full of sea monsters no one has ever seen (source: [link]. Imagine driving through a hostile area in any conflict driven country, let’s say Afghanistan.

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