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 +Networking
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 +'​Networking'​- Fashion Item or Human Web?
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 + by Christine Fraser\
 +\
 + We all do it, but why?\
 +\
 + At its best '​networking',​ whether human or electronic, provides advice
 +and support; shares information quickly on a self-selecting
 +'​need-to-know'​ basis; offers a forum for problem solving; builds
 +relationships;​ reveals new sources of inspiration,​ and establishes new
 +business contacts.\
 +\
 + ​Unlike organisational structures, networks make little demand on its
 +members to attend things like AGMs, executive committee meetings and all
 +those procedural activities which are in some ways tangential to the
 +main purpose. One is free to take part in discussions and activities -
 +or not. One can dip in and dip out without moral censure; one can
 +network independently with other members without needing permission or
 +being seen as subverting the '​cause'​. One can freely contribute and
 +freely take from the network. And that's it's strength.\
 +\
 + Of course a '​network'​ itself cannot be hijacked for another purpose or
 +cause because it belongs to all those in the network, in equal measure,
 +and is therefore not up for grabs. Yet networks can network with
 +networks - and so ad infinitum. In this way human networks mirror open
 +electronic networks - become veritable Internets in their own right. No
 +wonder the Internet both fascinates and feels familiar.\
 +\
 + © [Christine Fraser](mailto:​christin@net2000.zynet.co.uk)\
 + ​Network 2000\
 +\
 + [Back to the Guide to Community Internet](../​pubs/​guide)
 +
  
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