Category Archives: Social network

Networked Urbanism: Social Capital in the City

Despite considerable interest in social capital amongst urban policymakers and academics alike, there is currently little direct focus on its urban dimensions. In this volume leading urban researchers from the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, Australia, Italy and France explore … Continue reading

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Networked Urbanism: Social Capital in the City

Despite considerable interest in social capital amongst urban policy makers and academics alike, there is currently little direct focus on its urban dimensions. In this volume leading urban researchers from the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, Australia, Italy and France … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Economy is Born – Social Decision-Makers (Homo Socialis) Beat the “Homo Economicus”

The Internet and Social Media change our way of decision-making. We are no longer the independent decision makers we used to be. Instead, we have become networked minds, social decision-makers, more than ever before. This has several fundamental implications. First … Continue reading

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Global Civil Unrest – Contagion, Self-Organization, and Prediction

Civil unrest is a powerful form of collective human dynamics, which has led to major transitions of societies in modern history. The study of collective human dynamics, including collective aggression, has been the focus of much discussion in the context … Continue reading

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Design to Thrive: Creating Social Networks and Online Communities

Social networks and online communities are reshaping the way people communicate, both in their personal and professional lives. What makes some succeed and others fail? What draws a user in? What makes them join? What keeps them coming back? Entrepreneurs … Continue reading

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The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations

In today’s flatter organizations, collaboration in employee networks has become critical to innovation and to both individual and company wide performance. Executives spend millions on new organizational designs, cultural initiatives, and technologies to promote the sharing of knowledge and expertise … Continue reading

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Critical Mass, Social Networks and Collective Action – Exploring Student Political Worlds

This article explores the role of ‘critical mass’ and social networks in the generation of collective action. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative (social network) data, the article argues that both are pivotal in the process whereby collective action takes shape. … Continue reading

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Understanding Community – A review of networks, ties and contacts

This is an overview of different approaches to the study of social networks, relationships and contacts situated in the context of debates on the interpretation of the changing nature of ‘community’. Three approaches are considered:  a traditional ‘community as locality’ … Continue reading

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Nurturing resilience in socio-ecological systems

Schultz´s thesis analyzes how the dedicated work of a few individuals has mobilized local farmers, bird watchers, entrepreneurs and politicians to join forces in rendering the wetland an asset for the district of Kristianstad. The results of her research show … Continue reading

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The Stigmergic Revolution

It was long believed that the queen played a central role in the complex social order of an ant colony, through the exercise of direct command and control over her subjects. Not so. Biologist Pierre-Paul Grasse coined the term “stigmergy” … Continue reading

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