How social networks are like carbon-Christakis video

Click here for a link to an 11-minute crash course in social networks by Nickolas Christakis at Harvard Univeristy as part of its Harvard Thinks Big series. Christakis is a professor of sociology, medical sociology, and medicine at Harvard Univeristy and Medical School. David Kittredge at UMass sent me the video link.

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Driftless Forest Networks: Building networks

For the last several months, I’ve been involved with the Driftless Forest Network, a consortium of forestry interests in the Driftless Area seeking to harness peer-to-peer models to influence land management and to build outreach capacity among resource managers and others. While I am on the steering committee, the key leadership and energy rest with […]

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Some thoughts on peer-to-peer learning from the Woodland Owner Network

Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota, recently posted on the Woodland Owner Network a summary of a peer-to-peer learning conference earlier this month. He outlined four directions that were important moving forward: Defining peer-to-peer learning, Identifying extension’s role in it, Determining appropriate metrics, and Assessing the role of technology. Given some other recent conversations, I posted […]

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Twitter, Facebook, and social activism: newyorker.com

Jon Breschak, the PhD student working with me, is a voracious reader of both academic works and more popular media interpretations of social science and networks. Consider this recent e-mail… You may already be aware if you have read any of Gladwell’s material (Blink, Outliers, etc.) that an underlying theme he walks around without ever […]

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The Hidden Power of Social Networks

How can social network analysis help managers improve (or at least understand) performance? Rob Cross and Andrew Parker take on this important topic in their scholarly grounded, but highly accessible book, The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations. The authors share their consulting and research experience to make […]

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EAB response: A social science perspective

On Tuesday of last week, I presented at 2010 North Central Forest Pest Workshop in Elkhart Lake, WI. This presentation is an update on our efforts in Wisconsin to apply social science concepts, particularly related to networks, to emerald ash borer response. It also outlines where we might go moving forward. Here is the audio […]

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Captured on WisconsinEye: Discussion with EAB Operations Team

Earlier this week, I participated in a meeting of Wisconsin’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Operations Team. WisconsinEye (i.e., WI C-Span) captured the meeting on camera and posted the video and audio here [link broken]. Some background: John Breschak (former graduate student) conducted an exploratory evaluation of EAB response to date to test out some of our ideas […]

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Peer-to-peer learning article in the Forestry Source

Shorna Allred (Cornell), Eli Sagor (Univ of Minnesota), and I were interviewed by the Forestry Source about the role of social networks and peer-to-peer learning in extension. The article is here. The Forestry Source is the monthly newspaper/letter of the Society of American Foresters.

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