The “Weaving” of a Network

Plexus 2017  sets the conditions for  Pop-up Networks where new ideas can lead to longer term actions.  Join us to see how it happens.

Monday May 7th begins with a long time Plexus Catalyst, June Holley. June has been weaving economic and community networks for more than 25 years. In 1981 she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the process of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone? Her Network Weaver Handbook is an essential guide for people interested in catalyzing a new network or enhancing an existing one. Each chapter contains a short section describing key concepts, case studies, and many activities.

With others in Appalachian Ohio, she catalyzed cascades of experimentation, observing and documenting the dynamics that enabled many hundreds of people to start and then expand businesses. With these entrepreneurs, she mobilized dozens of area organizations to collaborate, self-organize and create an environment that would help these businesses innovate and work together.

After twenty years as executive director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, she stepped down to devote her energies to helping communities around the globe form Smart Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. She helped clients use Smart Network Analyzer social network mapping software to understand and enhance their networks. Her recent Smart Networks projects have involved communities, regions, statewide collaborations, healthcare and hospital systems, and national learning and innovation networks. She is highly regarded as a dynamic keynote speaker and has led hundreds of interactive workshops on applying a network approach.