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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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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.

2017 116

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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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 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?

2015 142

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).

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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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?

2016 127

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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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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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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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.

2016 116

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.

2015 136

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.

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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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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Net-Map facilitation pointers: Links

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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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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.

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

2014 148

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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Join us: Largest international Net-Mapper meeting ever!

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Wouldn’t it be great if Net-Mappers from all over the world could share their experience, learn from each other, build a common knowledge-base and just hang out and enjoy each other’s company?

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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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The gift of doubt

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Albert O. Hirschman.

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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.

2014 142

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.

2015 116

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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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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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.

2013 148

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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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.

2015 116

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”).

2013 142

Public Health Knowledge Management – One size does not fit all (paper by Sarah Harlan et al.)

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(picture copyright by DFID on flickr). In a recently published paper about knowledge management in family planning in Ethiopa, Sarah Harlan (of Johns Hopkins ) et al. dig deep into the knowledge networks that connect the national and local government agencies with women and men on the ground.

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Involuntarily airborne dog explains complexity

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Involuntarily airborne dog explains complexity

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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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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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From Net-Map to Action in less than a Minute

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Picture by junussyndicate on deviantART. Today, at day one of our Net-Map training here in DC, participants spend the afternoon mapping out cases from their own experience. And I witnessed the fastest move from a Net-Map to action I have ever seen.

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