Cartography is the practice of making maps and charts. I believe this is an art we must all embrace as we create our own “prosperity plexus” which is little more than a social network map. There is so much information out there on scale free networks, small world networks, power laws, preferential attachment, etc. that it can become quite overwhelming. I would recommend that you investigate in small doses and don’t get too consumed with the math (because there is some pretty cool stuff there – like being in an episode of “Numbers”). The key is to take the time to understand the concepts and be able to apply them in your world to make your network “work”.
Here are some things to think about:
- build a diverse network as there is strength in diversity and you do not want a homogeneous network
- understand who the “hubs” are and strive to be a “hub”
- be wary of the size of your network as research tends to limit it to 150 (manageable)
- happiness is correlated in networks so if someone in your network is happy there is a 25% higher probability you will be as well
- people at the center of the network are happy than those on the periphery (be a hub!)
These are just a few things to consider when you put on your cartographer hat, cape, or glasses (whatever they wear) and begin to map our your network. While you may not have set out at the beginning to build something specific, you now have a network but you have to ask yourself if it is the network you need.
Afterall, building a network is like living your life…it is a process not an event.
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