This collection contains color-versions of graphics and network maps from our book, Impact Networks.
Stage 1—Scattered Fragments
Stage 2—Hub and Spoke
Network map of the Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network before the first convening. Each node represents an organizational leader participating in the network, a link represents a relationship, and the shade of each node represents the type of organization.
Network map of the Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network six months after its launch.
A hierarchical structure, as is typically depicted as a pyramid.
A hierarchical structure, drawn as a hub-and-spoke network.
Distinctions between the hierarchical mindset and the network mindset.
With a hierarchical mindset, your organization is at the center of your focus.
With a network mindset, you place the purpose at the center of your focus and see your organization as one part of a larger, interconnected system.
A basic social network, consisting of a web of relationships (represented by links) connecting a set of individuals (represented by nodes).
The basic structure of a learning network, featuring bounded participation, learning circles, and the consistent flow of information in, out, and across the network.
The basic structure of an action network, featuring bounded participation, learning circles, project teams, a core team, and the consistent flow of information in, out, and across the network (for simplicity, this diagram hides the connecting lines between nodes as shown in figure 3.2).
The basic structure of a movement network, featuring a network of impact networks that are connected together to build relationships, share information, coordinate actions, and catalyze systemic change.
Connections between a school district’s staff members and its network of parent volunteers. Staff members are represented by the largest squares. Parents are represented by the smaller squares, with Hmong parents indicated by the slightly larger, darkest-shaded nodes. The critical staff member is circled. If the school district were to lose this staff member, it would also lose its connections with many Hmong parents.
Divergence (expressing different perspectives) allows for convergence (bringing ideas together), which leads to emergence(discovering new possibilities).
100Kin10’s system map of the “grand challenges” facing STEM education today. Each challenge is represented by a node, and links are created when two challenges are related to one another. With this data, social network analysis revealed seven clusters of highly interconnected challenges, which yielded the network’s seven focus areas. For an interactive version of this map and a detailed description of the process used to develop it, visit grandchallenges.100kin10.org.
Sterling Network NYC—a network of cross-sector leaders working to advance economic mobility across New York City—has conducted SNA at regular intervals to assess change in the network over time and to identify opportunities to provide support. Two analyses of the Sterling Network show a significant increase in collaborative activity among participants over its first sixteen months. The initial analysis was conducted just prior to the network’s first convening in January 2018, providing a baseline assessment (above), and the second analysis was conducted in April 2019 (below). Each node represents an individual participant, and
a link between two people indicates that they are collaborating with one another, based on self-reported survey data (when links are not mutual, it is most often due to missing survey responses, as well as differences in how participants interpret the survey).