Mapping the new strategic partnerships

Dutch development organisations have been crossing their fingers. Funding is ending this year for MFSII, so organisations have been working hard on their proposals for the call ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ (Samenspraak en Tegenspraak in Dutch). Friday the long awaited announcement by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs came for this new round of funding. There were 25 winning coalitions out of...
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TOC: A theory about everything?

Especially for development projects a theory that explains how to improve the world and the wellbeing of all people in it, would be very handy. Unfortunately we know such a theory doesn’t exist. Precisely because change happens in so many ways, organisations working in development should be clear about how they want to push it in the direction they think it should go. A Theory of Change (TOC)...
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About SNA (not NSA)

In my blog in April I wrote how Joitske, Josien and I were familiarizing ourselves with SNA, social network analysis. We continued our exploration and on the 8th of November we presented three cases for discussion to a selected audience of network professionals. Social network analysis visualises connections between people or organisations. With SNA software large amounts of data can be gathered...
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Mapping of networks

Recently Joitske Hulsebosch, Josien Kapma, Niels Schuddeboom and I engaged in a discussion about the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Organisational Network Analysis (ONA). It is clear that you can to produce an array of very nice maps of networks relations with SNA. But how useful is drawing maps of networks? When is it worth the time investment? We agreed to continue exploring these...
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Ecology of knowledge, learning, and networks

Ecology and ecosystems are concepts often used to describe complex systems that have little to do with nature. As a biologist, this triggers my interest. I have encountered terms like knowledge ecology, ecology of education, and the ecology of a network all of which are man-made systems. Perhaps it goes along with an increasing environmental consciousness and accompanying familiarity with and...
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How to get more activity in a network?

Through the snow I traveled to Brussels for a coaching session on facilitation of networks. Of course, the trains were delayed and Fyra was completely cancelled (surprise! Why did I book that ticket in the first place?), but it gave me some more time to reflect on what kind of people play important roles in building relationships in a network. This topic comes from a question that I am often...
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