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Developing 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/9781847420565.003.0009
Developing the well-connected community

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This chapter concludes the book by setting out a model of the ‘well-connected community’, and making recommendations for ensuring that networking practice is both effective and ethical. It presents the model and the idea of ‘meta-networking’ as a core purpose of community development practice. This is fundamentally about nurturing informal social, political and professional networks using interpersonal links and organisational liaison. Complexity theory encourages us to see informal and inter-organisational networks as an extended communal ‘brain’, processing information intelligently to generate a collective consciousness at the same time. This chapter ends by noting that this book is a contribution to the discussion on how community development uses networking to develop ‘community’ and to promote ‘strength through diversity’.

Keywords: community development; networking practice; interpersonal links; meta-networking; complexity theory

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