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  2. Al Smith says:

    Thanks Jacqueline. You write another illuminating post that just adds to my growing appreciation of how we connect. As popularized in Hilary Clinton’s book (or the African proverb, whichever is attributed) It Takes a Village, perhaps the ‘network’ is the new appropriate analogy? Both really do make sense and in some clear connections, they really are not that different. http://reflectiveteacher2012.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/it-takes-a-village-network/

    • Thanks, Al. I really like what you say in your blog about human connections and trusted relationships: “We are still about human relationships and communication. We NEED each other. Rampant individualism and competition doesn’t produce the results we were told to believe. We need community, we need to network.”

      And you ask great questions: “How does a series of vital networks impact the lives of people, or students that are not connected? I don’t want digital tribal warfare. We have enough tribalism as it is! How can our new skills and new tools change the outcomes?”

      While I don’t have answers to these weighty questions of greater inclusivity of networks and diffusion of innovative practices, I do know that networks start with individuals seeing the value of working together. It’s great to find others who agree with that basic starting place.

  3. Another Al says:

    Thanks for this, I couldn’t agree more. Works aimed at the public good need to be supported by a network of trust relationships in order to succeed and endure. Trust is built around a common goal through personal relationships. Those relationships are in turn built upon authentic, open and honest interactions. All of us have emotions, egos and personal quirks and we are capable of reacting in unusual or unexpected ways. It takes courage to be open and honest enough to build trust; it takes compassion to forgive and heal relationships and networks. If the goals are worthy, these things are easier to do. This is when transformation overcomes inertia.

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