Saturday, October 11, 2008

Network Science

a Biblical thought...
You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. (Matt 16:18)

a Book thought...
Any time a bureaucrat stands between you and something you need or want, your challenge is to help that bureaucrat discover a means, harmonious with the system, to meet your need. (p139 MacKenzie)
a Dave thought...
The research into network science has led to some new ways of thinking about social behavior. This research into networks offers multiple insights into movement building—the connecting, transforming, multiplying, generating, and cultural changing aspects of all movements.

What are some lessons for us within Campus Crusade (or within this or that mission agency, church-planting effort, denomination, church)?

1. We should beware of stagnation inherent in homophily and clustering–living within our own universe only.

2. We should connect with other clusters based on our broad multi-dimensional kingdom identity (i.e. Campus Crusade and Compassion Int’l or World Vision).

3. We should encourage non-traditional partnerships and connections (i.e. Evangelical with Roman Catholic; leadership focused organizations with organizations reaching the poor).

4. We should look for innovative ideas in domains other than where we are trying to innovate.

5. We need cross-pollination.

6. We should look for friends of friends and casual acquaintances to help us solve our problems.

7. We must get out of our own universe.

Just a thought.

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