A network is strong and gets things done when its members know what they are doing and why.
Networks are ever-changing and complex. This means that for a network to thrive, its members need to be clear on the roles and activities they need to be carrying out. Some people may be more suited to coordinating projects, others may prefer weaving connections between people, others may want to act as ambassadors of the network to the wider world.
The types of roles people take on will depend on the network’s purpose, values and activities. An action-oriented network may need more project coordination, whilst a knowledge exchange network may require more communication and weaving of connections.
New people may join your network, whilst older members may want to leave. Because networks are fluid entities, establishing which roles and responsibilities need to fulfilled can help in ensuring your network keeps thriving despite change.
We explored with the Community of Practice to find ways to:
Take a look at these resources to start exploring people's roles in your network: