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The well-connected communityA networking approach to community development$
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Alison Gilchrist

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420565

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420565.001.0001

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Complexity and the well-connected community

Complexity and the well-connected community

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The well-connected community

Alison Gilchrist

Policy Press

The evidence from practice suggests that networking is a holistic process, involving a strategic interweaving of knowledge, skills and values. It is a vital aspect of community development, as well as supporting multi-agency partnerships and alliances that span organisational boundaries. This chapter uses complexity theory to present a model of interactive networks creating the conditions for the evolution of new and adaptive forms of organisation that make up a dynamic voluntary and community sector. Networking and ‘meta-networking’ are fundamental methods of community development, and underpin the core policy themes of cohesion, empowerment and inclusion.

Keywords:   complexity theory, interactive networks, community development, meta-networking, networking

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