Activity: Make a list of influencers (connections) for a project.
At the beginning of the week, I make a list of influencers (connections) influencing my weekly projects.
A page from Rama's Managing Moments journal in prezi:
My list includes different types of connections:
1. Some key connections influenced the direction of the project in the past. For example, Idania Cater suggested a journal soon after the book was published. I have not interacted with her recently. But I included her name in the list because her influence catalyzed the project.
2. Michael Josefowicz and Jane Tyson are testing the journal in different ways.
3. Peter Jones, Susan Hill, Bradford Hansen-Smith, Canon Felix, and Bhairavi Govindarajan provide feedback in GSS Daily.
4. Vinay Prashant, Suvarna Kamakshi, and Boaz Santiago are past influencers who are again becoming active influencers.
5. Phil Shepherd and Andrew Bindon are influencers who have facilitated the use of one journaling tool, Thortspace.
Growing Global Systems of Success
Many of the connections in my list are people I have met through Facebook groups. The seed for growing global systems of success was planted 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 Tyson and others in London. 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.