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Complexity and the well-connected community

Alison Gilchrist

in The well-connected community

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420565
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420565.003.0007
Complexity and the well-connected community

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The evidence from practice suggests that networking is a holistic process, involving a strategic interweaving of knowledge, skills and values. It is a vital aspect of community development, as well as supporting multi-agency partnerships and alliances that span organisational boundaries. This chapter uses complexity theory to present a model of interactive networks creating the conditions for the evolution of new and adaptive forms of organisation that make up a dynamic voluntary and community sector. Networking and ‘meta-networking’ are fundamental methods of community development, and underpin the core policy themes of cohesion, empowerment and inclusion.

Keywords: complexity theory; interactive networks; community development; meta-networking; networking

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