In reading Kadushin’s Chapter 8 on small network theory, it really reminds me of The Oracle of Bacon. According to Kadushin, it should not be surprising at all that Kevin Bacon is well connected to all other actors. Druggies know druggies, execs know execs. It’s assortive distribution in action. Homophily- people with like attributes and interests-flock together.
Although what he delves into is mostly commonsense, his term of linker is an interesting one. How many linkers do you know? Prior to this I would have referred to these people as mavens. I would think that Hummingbird604 is a linker, connecting otherwise isolated circles. It jumps me to Dianne’s blog, talking about the lego building and how there is crosspollination. A hummingbird is just that- helping the ecosystem spread and flourish, exchanging along its path valuable info.
I just had an great experience on Twitter- I found an exchange teacher from another province in Canada who tweets and blogs. Check out his cool blog! In light of this course I was curating and adding people to my network. Okay, maybe it was a good distraction to doing other MACT assignments. In any case, I followed him, and now we have connected online. I supplied him with a list of our fellow bloggers who are on exchange, so now he can get a real bird’s eye view of going to live and teach in another country. Maybe now there will be a cross-pollination nationally…. wouldn’t that be cool. It would not even be that far-fetched that he would be on exchange close to where one of our Albertans would be assigned to, and they might be able to connect even before they go on their teaching assignment, building those valuable support networks.
Anyway, I think I smell bacon. Better go. No wait, that’s my brain frying…..