Social Land Ownership
Land Reform Act Part 2
Strategic Proactive Networking
It helps if you know what other significant people are thinking and doing and if they
know what you are thinking and doing. It therefore makes sense that you should be
systematic in ensuring that this mutual knowing takes place.
|Networking is the process of increasing your number of connections|
|Proactive Networking means seeking/arranging opportunities to network|
|Strategic Proactive Networking involves deliberately targeting key individuals or
The three papers in this section explore the concept of networking in general and
strategic proactive networking (the gutsy variety) in particular.
This worksheet was first used at the Eigg Land Reform Forum
(17-18 June 2000) and the assistance in its preparation of Drennan Watson of
LandWise Scotland is greatfully acknowledged.
The following lists should not be seen as definitive but rather as jumping off points
for discussion of the possible structure, functions and evolution of
What can Networks do?
Networks begin and develop?
How do Networks
Provide mutual support for lifelong and experience-based learning
|Exchange information and views internally and/or externally eg by mailing information,
newsletters, listserves, websites etc and thus enhancing mutual learning between members. |
|Exchange skills and learning|
|Give mutual support and so build confidence|
Negotiate and articulate a shared vision
|Develop network-wide ideas, analysis, vision and strategy.|
|Develop a sense of common purpose|
Be a advocacy and/or lobbying body
|Work jointly on campaigns to mobilise support and influence policy|
|Carry out concerted actions or advocacy|
|Represent and area or interest group in consultation or partnership|
Integrate and co-ordinate the work of smaller groups
|Co-ordinate work in one district or area to avoid unnecessary duplication|
|Help minority groups relate to each other without losing their identities|
Grow, develop, change, die
How do Networks begin and
How do Networks stay alive?
|Hold effective and action oriented meetings|
|Organise training workshops/ conferences|
|Arrange for exchange visits and placements|
|Organise informal social occasions and celebrations|
|Make best use of the internet both for communication between members and to publicise
network efforts to the wider world email lists, listbots, web sites, discussion
groups, online conferences etc (with snail mail options for those who are not internet