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Guest post: Networks for Mangrove Protection in Costa Rica

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(by Barbara Schroeter). Costa Rica is one of the world´s biodiversity hotspots. In the southern Pacific Cost of the country, the Golfo Dulce region contributes to a rich biodiversity thanks to mangrove and other wetland ecosystems.

Who influences the EU’s green infrastructure strategy?

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It’s not just about information flow and regulations: Social pressure considerably influences biodiversity governance in Europe. It is my pleasure to share more Net-Map work done by capable colleagues. Jennifer Hauck , Jenny Schmidt and Anja Werner analyzed the key actors that influence the implementation of the European Commission’s green infrastructure strategy.

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How to use Net-Map in Monitoring and Evaluation

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Are you planning or implementing complex projects, that aim at social change? Are you wondering how innovations spread through a given social system? Or maybe connecting people to opportunities or strengthening the networks of the people you work with is an explicit goal of your work?

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Net-Map training in DC, November 15-16th, 2018.

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I am excited to invite you to our next Net-Map training in DC on the November 15-16, 2018. For me, the Net-Map certification training is a highlight of my year: A diverse group of passionate professionals gets together to learn and play and develop concrete plans to use Net-Map in their work or research context.

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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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How your landscape expands if you talk about conflict…

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Let me start by saying: I don’t like conflict. I am actually pretty good at diffusing unnecessary conflict and running away from necessary conflict. except sometimes, when I turn around in mid-running, and explode, but that is a different story). I don’t even like talking about conflict.

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Networks, gender and race in job-searchers in rural America (Missouri)

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How do the networks of black and white, male and female job-seekers differ? And: Does that makes some of them more successful than others in finding a job?

First Net-Map Certification Training in Canada (March 31st – April 1st)

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Disentangling complex influence networks, improving stakeholder engagement, developing personal networking strategies, fostering positive team dynamics or understanding why your technically sound plan failed dramatically: these are just a few things Net-Mappers do with pen, paper and toys.

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Guest Post: Net-Map in cultural development in Germany

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First time-use of a Net-Map-procedure in a culture development process. The recently published study on behalf of the Institute for Cultural Policy. offers new ways for the coordination of action for the pilot region in South. Thuringia (central Germany). Patrick S. Föhl & Robert Peper.

Net-Mapping the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in the Upper Blue Nile in Ethiopia

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When dealing with the challenges of a country like Ethiopia, focusing just on water, or food, or energy is a tall order already. Given how one influences the other, it is, however, not focus which is needed but integration – of issues and also of those people dealing with them.

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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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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The Power of Marrying Facilitation and Sector Expertise

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Last week I talked with my colleagues from the IFC , Sumit Manchanda and Anja Robakowski-Van Stralen , and Amit Nag (Net-Map facilitator) who have used Net-Map to facilitate their political economy analysis in setting up Public Private Dialogues in developing countries.

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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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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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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).

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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How to get strategic insights from Net-Map

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Just a bowl of spaghetti with toys on top? So, you have done the mapping, in front of you a messy bowl-of-spaghetti-with-toys-on-top-diagram and your participants or clients ask you: So what do we do now? What does this mean?

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We have no conflict

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Two weeks ago I was in a Net-Map session where one group insisted that they had no conflict likes to draw.

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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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The risks of making it look too easy

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Is it as easy as child’s play? image by [link] ). I always try to speak about my work in a way that everyone can understand me – whether they are experts in my field or not.

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Network Pattern Cards

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By relating their own experience to prototypical network patterns, groups can get a deeper understanding of how they work together (or not) and what the opportunities and challenges of each of the different patterns of self-organization are.

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Two Brazilian Net-Map studies: Fair Trade and Cotton

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Does Fair Trade in Brazil meet its objective of really increasing fairness and reaching the poor? Can innovation networks successfully be created to increase the access of family farms to cotton innovations and markets?

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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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Net-Map facilitation pointers: Links

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Network Poetry

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Crisscross by Androwilli (on flickr). I have often Imagined that glances. survive the act of seeing. as if they were poles, measuring rods, lances. thrown in a battle. Then I think that in a room. one has just left. those same lines must stay behind. sometimes suspended there and crisscrossed.

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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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What is the one little thing you can do?

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Want to eat an elephant? Take it one bite at a time (picture copyright by Phil and Pam on flickr). Have grand New Year’s resolutions? Good for you. Had grand New Year’s resolutions last year too and abandonned them mid-January? Don’t beat yourself up, because you are not alone.

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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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Net-Map discovers structural holes in Thuringia’s cultural networks (Germany)

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How do the different players of the art and culture scene connect? Are their networks conducive to a rich and lively sub-culture development or are there disconnects that hold individuals (and the scene as a whole) back?

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Identifying international knowledge partnerships

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With my colleagues Kerstin Tebbe and Bruno Laporte I just had an interesting design conversation for a session in which they want to help the members of a water basin commission better understand with whom they have knowledge exchange partnerships.

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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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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Net-Map training – 2 spots remaining!

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If you are one of those eternal procrastinators (yes, you know who you are) and were thinking about joining us for the Net-Map training in August , this is your last gentle nudge. Two spots remaining, then our group is complete.

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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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Involuntarily airborne dog explains complexity

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Involuntarily airborne dog explains complexity

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The gift of doubt

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Albert O. Hirschman.

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Are you we? Or are you I?

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And she said WHAT? Working in an international organization, I see that we have a strange mixed relationship to our awareness of cultural differences. We think about them when we go to the field, especially if the field is an actual field (as in “rural”).

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Wisdom is the ability to hold two conflicting truths in your mind at the same time, without budging

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Mammoth or no Mammoth – Out caveman ancestors faced simple questions with simple answers. In this case the answer is: Mammoth. This morning on Radio France Internationale I listened to a story on child abuse by catholic priests in Canada.

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Big picture: Look at every feather of every bird…

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then take a step back and ask yourself: What does this mean? On the way to work today I listened to a story on NPR radio about Alfred Russel Wallace , a British naturalist who died 100 years ago and who was the co-author of Darwin’s revolutionary first paper on the evolution of species.

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Network Mapping for personal development – a retreat for women

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If you allow the wind to lift you up, you can fly (picture by Dan Markeye). I have been exploring the power of Net-Map for personal development and happiness for a few years now.

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Maybe they get annoyed because you are more successful than you look

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Someone who looks like you should not be invading our space (image by Cindy Faust). I just had an interesting conversation with a friend about a very specific kind of uncomfortable interaction we experience as we move forward in our career and become more successful.

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