"Building smart communities through network weaving", Krebs and Holley

By Ed Vielmetti, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 12 years 17 weeks ago.

Building smart communities through network weaving is a paper by Valdis Krebs (Orgnet) and June Holley (ACEnet) on their experiences in cultivating an environment of cooperation in regional development.

Communities are built on connections. Better connections usually
provide better opportunities. But, what are better connections, and how do
they lead to more effective and productive communities? How do we build
connected communities that create, and take advantage of, opportunities
in their region or marketplace? How does success emerge from the
complex interactions within communities?

This paper investigates building sustainable communities through improving
their connectivity – internally and externally – using network ties to create
economic opportunities. Improved connectivity is created through an
iterative process of knowing the network and knitting the network.