Network Literacy

According to Eric Hellweg in Harvard Business Review Blog
1. Obtain a basic understanding of network technology. Networks are facilitated by technology and so a certain fluency with the technology involved is key. Here it’s less a call for coding than for understanding the capabilities of services like social networks and the differences and similarities between them.

2. Craft your network identity. You are who you know, says Hoffman — but also what they know about you. In a networked age, your identity is multivariate and slightly out of your control. Who you know shapes who you are.

3. Understand network intelligence. This is more than simply understanding how to access information. Access is no longer the issue. It’s how to find the right information through your network. If someone is trying to connect to someone at Sony, for example, you need to think about the nature of the information needed and find the right connection, as opposed to simply looking for someone with Sony on their CV.

4. Understand network capabilities. People are still focused today on information instead of what Hoffman sees as more important today — communities and networks. Aligning your focus more on the network and surrounding yourself with the right people in your networks will change the way you approach problems and advance through life.

Articles & Resources




  • crowdsourcing
  • PLN- Personal Learning Network
  • smart & effective participation
  • audience
  • Social Media Platforms: Twitter/Snapchat/Instagram
  • amplified network
  • network intellligence
  • network identity
  • network ability
  • communities
  • network technology
  • branding