03 May 2006

Visual thinking and the network of networks

Networks form the basis for everything, from the tiniest atom to the entire universe. Understanding networks and how they function may be one of the most important competencies of the knowledge economy.

And next week -- if you live in the Bay area, or you can make it there -- you'll have a unique opportunity to join the network of networks, MeshForum.

Who's in the network of networks?

Manuel Lima, founder of VisualComplexity.com, who will give the opening keynote.

Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, who will talk to you about naked conversations in the blogging world.

Heather Gold, who will show you how to tell a compelling story.

Anil Dash of Six Apart and LiveJournal, who will help you understand large-scale social networks.

Michael Herman, one of the world's foremost experts on open space events, will open a space for us all to engage in a deep and meaningful dialogue on Tuesday, May 9th.

And I will be there too: you'll join me for a lunch workshop on Monday May 8th, where you'll do some hands-on exploration of visual thinking and networks.

Starting Sunday May 7th, we'll talk and learn about about political networks, social networks, communication networks and transportation networks. We'll talk about your networks: Your business network, your social network, even your supply chain.

We'll have dinner together at Osha Thai. We will have a blast!

I want you to go.

So I asked Shannon Clark, Meshforum's founder, if he would give Communication Nation readers a special rate. I also asked him if there was a way people could register for just one day if that's all they could fit into their schedules.

I'm pleased to say that Shannon agreed, and set up a special page so you can sign up for the whole workshop -- or just one day -- at the XPLANE-only rate. So if you want to join the network of networks and have a great time in San Francisco next week, click here!

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Anonymous said...

Instead of competencies, can we please use a real word like skills? I thought this was a blog on communication.

Anonymous said...

Aww... Anonymous, are you feeling cranky?

Anonymous said...

Nice diagram of visual network

Communication is one of the most important in every fields.

Anonymous said...

Let's look at the bigger picture here. Thank you Dave, for creating such an opportunity.

oh, and btw -
com·pe·tence P Pronunciation Key (kmp-tns)
1. The state or quality of being adequately or well qualified; ability. See Synonyms at ability.
2. A specific range of skill, knowledge, or ability.

I don't think there is anything wrong with the word competence in this context.