(Continued from Basic Case for Meta Networks and Global Transformation)
Meta Networks are:
- Decentralized networks of people, organizations and networks,
- Bound together by shared goals, values, and experiences.
Meta networks are crucial for fixing global problems before they overwhelm us.
Meta networks need passionate, committed, and talented people, plus ideas, funding, and other resources. But they also need methods and tools to make the individuals, organizations, and network as a whole more intelligent and effective.
Here are four types of methods and tools that meta networks need:
1. Connecting people and organizations.
a. Connecting people to people and organizations to obtain:
- Ideas, expertise and help (employees, partners, consultants, advisors, volunteers)
- Funding (investors, grants, donors)
- Inside Intelligence & Influence (related to potential customers, partners, investors, employees, and suppliers, and agencies, policy makers, communities, etc.)
Examples of tools:
Job, volunteer and consultant matching sites and databases; professional social network platforms for finding needed expertise and affiliations and obtaining trusted recommendations and referrals (e.g., LinkedIn).
Examples of methods:
Network weaving and social network analysis.
b. Connecting people to content
(to obtain news, ideas, opinions, research, experiences, knowledge)
Examples – Generic and specialized Internet search engines, content management and knowledge sharing applications and portals.
2. Sources for Reputation, Fact-checking, Due-Diligence.
(Supports other needs, e.g., connecting people, decision-making, etc.)
Examples: Generic Internet search engines; professional social network platforms for checking professional experience and getting personally trusted insights and recommendations; reputation sites (most are not very mature yet).
3. Messaging campaigns to spread awareness and actions
(e.g., awareness and actions related to voting, contacting policy makers, talking to neighbors, donating, buying or boycotting)
Examples: Social media sites and tools (Facebook, Twitter, messaging tools, etc.)
4. Collective Thinking and Action (big category!)
a) Removing barriers to communication and collaboration.
(Dialogue, listening, finding common ground, consensus-building, conflict transformation, use of stories, symbols and rituals, collective consciousness effects)
b) Identifying, understanding and solving problems
(Collecting facts and perspectives from all relevant sources; Innovating (exploring/scanning/brainstorming); Integrating perspectives to reach consensus/decision on best strategies and tactics; Prediction; Deliberation and planning (evaluating ideas from different perspectives, consensus building); and Getting commitments for action.)
c) Collaborative Action – requiring complex coordination of actions by many people and organizations.
Examples of a, b, & c: Online and in-person methods and tools for dialogue, deliberation, and collaboration. For a partial list see NCDD’s Framework for Dialogue and Deliberation.
What is left out of this list? Or what would you change?