Social media technologies have opened up possibilities for connecting with people around the world. Growing Systems of Success is being shaped by people I have met through Facebook groups!
Today, I was surprised to see that Jane Tyson ( a GSS champion from Guildford, UK) had posted a video about how her experiments with the GSS toolkit. Thank you, Jane! Check out the video and Jane's post in GSS Daily group here.
Jane with the GSS toolkit!
Jane journaling with the GSS kit
The GSS Toolkit
The GSS toolkit prototype produced by tamaala arts in Bengaluru, India is moving journaling practices forward! Thanks Jane for trying out the kit.
Growing Global Connections takes Time!
Connection evolve over an extended period of time. The seed for the video by Jane today was planted in 2019 when I joined The Ecology of Systems Thinking, a Facebook group for systems thinking. I met Phil Shepherd, creator of Thortspace, in this group. I joined the Thortspace group and met Jane in that group. In the meantime, our first son joined the faculty of London School of Economics. I had the opportunity to meet Jane. On Sunday, I reached out to Jane because I wanted to discuss the way in which we were using the kit.
The notion of weak and strong ties is useful in thinking about how we grow connections, an important element of our systems of success.
Grow Weak and Strong Ties
The notion of weak and strong ties can be used to further clarify the nature of connections. Connections start as weak ties characterized by low frequency of interactions. Some relationships can continue as weak ties as individuals have limited interactions with each other. Other ties become stronger over time with more frequent and in-depth communication between individuals. Individuals who make some strong ties through Facebook groups and other networks may also have numerous weak ties through the network.
See https://community.lithium.com/t5/Science-of-Social-blog/From-Weak-Ties-to-Strong-Ties-Community-vs-Social-Networks-3/ba-p/6834 and https://community.lithium.com/t5/Science-of-Social-blog/How-Do-People-Become-Connected-Community-vs-Social-Networks-2/ba-p/66202
The GSS approach is based on The PhD Project model www.phdproject.org The PhD Project is an organization in the United States that seeks to propel workplace diversity by diversifying business school faculty. The PhD Project model is a successful model that is now in its 25th year and GSS builds on this well-established mode to help individuals achieve success.