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December 22, 2009

*This post is just my opinion. I am not an expert, just some guy who likes to look at things and ask a few questions.*

It seems as though everyone is starting networks these days. In the fields of business, education, religion, politics and non-profits everyone and their mother is starting some sort of network.

First before I get too far into this topic let me define what I believe is a network.

A network is a group of people or organizations gathered around one particular theme; with its purpose to share valuable information for professional and social growth.

With that being said I like to think of a network being like a community with the people in that community tending to be close with each other, consider others before themselves and sharing life together. When all goes the right way a community or network can do powerful things in this world. Done the wrong way and you can have disaster.

Once a network is started it should be about the people and the people in the network. A network loses its function and the morale of those in the network when things do not operate the way they should. An example of this would be a network losing focus and spreading too thin, or the network consistently promoting what the originator is doing. Once a network is started by a person or group of people it then should be about others and not the originator or originators. If someone wants to create a network  but only  promotes themselves they should just start fan club on Facebook for their selfish persona.

Want to start a network? Think others, think one or two themes, and sharing in community for personal and professional growth.

Thoughts? I would love them.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2009 2:01 am

    Ben, can i be in your network?

  2. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    December 24, 2009 2:07 am

    Brew when I start one, you can be the the Vice President. Because you know it’s going to be all about me! haha I am 100% kidding. Thanks for the encouragement. Really thank you.

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