Human Networks and the Emerging Integral Society

Our upcoming podcast series will focus on influencing change with the power of human networks. And, we are very excited about this topic because networks are powerful and fascinating, but more importantly, we believe understanding networks is crucial to social evolution.

Why? Because understanding networks is fundamental to understanding what makes for healthy systems, in general. We are living in the Networked Age, after all.

It becomes very evident how important networks are when you begin searching for a new job, for example. Many people are still trying to land their next career by searching through job titles, but a 2012 report from ABC News stated that 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. This proves how important it is to invest in our personal networks.

In Reid Hoffman’s article The Information Age to the Networked Age: Are You Network Literate? he says, “I put myself at as many key intersections in my networks as I can. As a result, my network inevitably ends up connecting me with great entrepreneurs and great investments.”

These examples prove that there is power within networks, but beyond investing in networks for personal gain, it is critical that we strive to understand them in order to expand collective consciousness and better the world. In other words, we are connected in more ways than we can currently comprehend, and there is immense power in these connections. It’s what we call “the energy that binds us”.

We can look to other living networks or systems, like photosynthesis, as examples for efficient and resilient ways in which we can cooperate. 

But first, we must recognize that only once we shift our perspective and see the world as a web of complex networks and self-organizing systems, can we transform and evolve away from the limiting, isolating, and competitive social structures that control our societies.

As Dr. Sally Goerner explains in her outstanding book, After the Clockwork Universe “there are already visible signs of an emerging ‘Integral Society’ in which head, heart and soul need no longer to be at odds”. So, why not embrace it!

You can listen to the HumanCurrent podcast here and don't forget to subscribe in iTunes. Stay tuned for our new episode where Angie shares the details of her action research for her thesis. We also introduce the topic of human networks with guest Mary Anne Herrick, who is the President of Foster Care Alumni of America and Communications Officer at World Vision Water Project-- Let's work happy!