Landmark book The Network Weaver Handbook

“The Network Weaver Handbook” (June 2017) by June Holley is a practical guide for people interested in catalyzing a new Network of People or enhancing an existing one.

And it is becoming more urgent each day to get people to cooperate online and offline to help eachother, to solve problems and to change society in positive directions.

It can be downloaded for $20 from this link:

For an extra $30 you can recieve an copy on paper (aboit 400 pages !!) by snail mail.


  1. REVIEW KA (Kelly Ann) McKercher gave the following review about this handbook:

The Network Weaver Handbook by June Holley is a treasure trove of resources for anyone working in change. I particularly like June’s articulation of the shifts in deep structures we’re seeing. June describes:

🪜 A shift in how we relate to each other from hierarchy to peers working together to co-create [worlds] that work for all

🪜 A shift from pressures of conformity to a deep appreciate of our differences and the ability to use those differences to make breakthroughs in our creative processes

🪜 A shift from a control mentality to creation of a web of support that enables us to find others, communicate easily, access resources and reflect on our work (p.9)

Image description: A photo of a white, spiral bound book – the front features a lines and nodes that make up a network and the title is: ‘network weaver handbook – written by June Holley.’ Thanks Euan Black for the recommendation.


2. Description

The Network Weaver Handbook is a practical guide for people interested in catalyzing a new network or enhancing an existing one. Each chapter contains a short section describing key concepts, case studies, and many activities. Following each chapter is a resource section with readings, handouts, checklists, and worksheets — which you can easily duplicate and hand out to people in your network. 398 pages. 


INTRODUCTION Why Networks? 8 Does a Network Approach Make a Difference? 12 How to Use This Handbook 13


CHAPTER 1. STARTING WITH NETWORKS Section 1. Networks Basics 16 Section 2. Using the Social Web to Support You and Your Network 24 Reflections on Starting with Networks 27

CHAPTER 2. NETWORK LEADERSHIP Section 1. Leadership Roles in Networks 29 Section 2. You are a Network Weaver 39 Section 3. Network Weavers Work Together 40 Network Weaver Checklist 43 Network Weaver Roles 45 Catalyzing Networks 47 What Network? 48 How Will We Work Together? 49 Reflections on Network Leadership 50

CHAPTER 3. HOW TO INTRODUCE A NETWORK APPROACH TO OTHERS Section 1: How Networks Are Different 51 Section 2. How Do We Share What We Know? 55 Section 3. Using the Social Web to Make the Case for Networks 56 Why Networks? 58 Why Networks? (2) 60 When a Network Lens Is Useful 61 Organization – Network 62 Combining Organizational and Network Approaches 63 Thoughts about Introducing a Network Approach 65


CHAPTER 4. ANALYZIG AND VISUALIZING YOUR NETWORK Section 1: The Relationship Network 68 Section 2: Network Mapping 69 Section 3: Getting Ready to Analyze Network Maps 71 Section 4: Assessing Your Network 75 Options for Mapping 78 Practice Analyzing a Map 79 Map Your Network 81 Questions for Analysis 82 Analyzing Maps 83 Steps to A Healthier 88 Network Map 88 Characteristics of a Healthy Network 91 Assessing Your Network 92 Priorities for Your Network 95 Moving To Action 96 Thoughts on Visualizing and Assessing Your Network 100

CHAPTER 5. CONNECTING TO INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR NETWORK Section 1. What is a Network Connector? 101 Section 2. Listening to Connect 102 Section 3. Closing Triangles 103 Section 4. Helping Others Learn to Close Triangles 104 Section 5. Adding New People to the Network 105 A Network Connector Story 108 Visualizing Your Personal Network 110 My Network Connector Plan 111 Listening to Connect 112 Identifying Potential Triangles 113 Twosies Checklist 114 Closing Triangles (from Jack Ricchiuto) 115 Closing Triangles 116 Expanding Your Periphery 117 Who is Missing? 118 Connecting Clusters Worksheet 119 Thoughts about Increasing the Effectiveness of Connections 120

CHAPTER 6. CREATING A NETWORK CULTURE Section 1. Network Values 121 Section 2. Network Behaviors 123 Network Values Checklist 129 Awareness Activities 130 Opportunity-seeking 131 Appreciation 132 Accurate Assessment 133 What can I give? 134 Thoughts about Building the Network Culture 135

CHAPTER 7. ENGAGING YOUR NETWORK Section 1. Interacting in New Ways 136 Section 2. Increasing Participation through Engagement 137 Section 3. Engaging Difference 139 Section 4. Deep Reflection, Everywhere, All the Time 140 Appreciative Interviews 142 Increasing Participation Through Engagement 143 Bringing Together Difference for Better Outcomes 144 Questions to Ask That Lead to Deep Reflection 145 Sample Reflection Ideas 146 Thoughts about Engaging Your Network 147

CHAPTER 8. TRUST IN NETWORKS Section 1. Understanding Trust 148 Section 2. Assessing Levels of Trust 149 Discussion on Trust 151 Creating a Culture of Trust 152 Trust and Networks: How Can We Go Deeper? 156 Network Trust Assessment 165 Sharing Strengths and Challenges: 167 Personal Trust Assessment 167 Thoughts about Trust in Networks 169


CHAPTER 9. SELF_ORGANIZING Section 1. Understanding Self-organizing 172 Section 2. Moving to self-organizing 179 Section 3. Integration and Reflection 181 Section 4. Project Coordination 181 Section 5. Coaching Project Coordinators 183 Section 6. Social Web Platforms to Support Project Coordination 184 Section 7. Using Social Web Platforms to Support Other Self-organization 186 Self-organized Projects 189 Opportunity Process 190 Project Coordination 191 Project Coordinator Role 192 Ground Rules for Small Groups 193 What Do Project Coordinators Need to Think About? 194 Project Coordinator Coach 195 Thoughts about Self-Organizing 196

CHAPTER 10. FROM INNOVATION TO TRANSFORMATION Section 1. How Do Networks Lead to Transformation? 198 Section 2. Creating a local innovation ecosystem 199 Section 3. Leadership for Innovation 209 The End of Footbinding in China as an Example of the Power of Networks 212 Innovation Asset Assessment 214 Identifying Innovators 216 Network Transformation 217 Learning from Small Experiments 218 Thoughts about Innovation in Networks 219


CHAPTER 11. INTENTIONAL NETWORK BASICS Section 1. Definitions and History 222 Section 2. Identifying your Intentional Network 231 Section 3. Leadership in Intentional Networks 237 Section 3. Network Elements 238 Network Focal Point 240 Network Function Assessment 241 Your Network Needs to Decide… 244 Thoughts about Intentional Network Basics 246

CHAPTER 12. FORMING A NEW NETWORK Section 1. Introduction 247 Section 2. Forming a Network 248 Section 3. Steps in Organizing Your Network 248 Forming A New Network: Are We Ready? 257 Network Interest Tracking 258 Map Drawing Activity for New Networks 259 Sample Cooperative Agreements 260 Thoughts about Starting a New Intentional Network 263

CHAPTER 13. TUNE-UP FOR AN EXISTING NETWORK Section 1. Coordinating the tune-up process 264 Section 2. Assessing Your Network 265 Section 3. Tune-up 265 Assessing Your Current Issue Strategy 271 Relationship Building 272 Thoughts about Tuning Up an Intentional Network 273


CHAPTER 14. CREATING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR NETWORK Section 1. Role of the Network Guardian 277 Section 2. Systems to Support Networking and Communication 277 Section 2. A System for Resource Flow 284 Section 3. Designing a Network Support System 287 Personal Communication Assessment 289 Using Social Media to Support Your Network 290 Current communication ecosystem 293 Your Network Communication Strategy 294 Resource Pool 295 Assessment of Your Network’s Support System 296 Ideas for a Support System for Your Network 298 Designing the Network System of Support 300 Thoughts about Network Support Systems 301

CHAPTER 15. NETWORK WEAVER SUPPORTS SYSTEMS Section 1. Network Weaver Roles 302 Section 2. A Support System for Network Weavers 304 Section 3. Training Network Weavers 304 Section 4. Coaching Network Weavers 305 Section 5. Communities of Practice 306 15 Steps to Incubate Network Weavers 311 Sandboxes 313 Wisdom of the Crowd 314 Coaching Sessions 315 Freeing Up Your Time 316 Tracking Priorities 317 Thoughts on Network Weaver Support Systems 318


CHAPTER 16. DEVELOPING YOUR NETWORK STRATEGY Section 2. The Strategy Development Process 321 Section 2. Four System Change Processes 326 Section 3. Transformative networks are multiscalar 329 Drawing Your System 341 Network Evaluation 342 Network Indicators 345 Collective Sensemaking 346 Thoughts about Network Strategy 347


APPENDICES Appendix 1. Building Communities Through Network Weaving 350 Appendix 2. Networks, Self-Organizing, Breakthroughs and Scale: A Case Study 359 Appendix 3. Glossary of Network Terms 371 Appendix 4. Quotes 375 Appendix 5. Bibliography 376



As Connectivist also for PEOPLE, I do recommend it !

jaap van till, The Connectivist

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