Module 07: Value adding through Networks (M7-EN)
Angela Ivanova, Wolfgang Kniejski
Without thinking, we all network, whether making new friends or neighbours or in the work situation making new contacts. Start by looking at yourself and your organisation. How does it help you in your job to meet and contact others? How does it help others to meet you and expand their knowledge and ways of working? How can these be used to start a local network for information, for expansion of local tourism, for the marketing of products?
When you have successfully exercised your networking skills the next is to establish a network, from which you and the members of your monastery can benefit. Networks come in different shapes and different forms, and it is important to decide which is best suited to the aims of your network. Different types may require different administrative and organisational skills.
There are no set concepts for setting up networks, e.g. such as for rural areas or high-density areas like in some metropolitan regions. If your monastery is located in a rural area, be aware that transfer of urban ideas for networks should not be used – rural and urban are totally different. Before setting up local networks you really need to know your area and your local communities well. You also should make sure that everyone locally will be happy with what is being planned. There is nothing worse than not getting total support locally.