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Eureka: The pseudo science of human networks Eureka: The pseudo science of human networks
by Akli Hadid
2018-09-17 08:05:19
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Human networks operate with one, two or several people and are a criss-cross of those people. You have organization types, their nature and their function.

Organization types:

-Governmental: organizations that organize military, environmental, political, economic, social rules.

-Quasi-governmental: they are not part of the government but are organizations that parallel the government and whose aim is to design military, environmental, political, economic, social rules. Example: think tanks, political interest groups, political pressure groups, lobbies. 

net001_400-Military organizations: aim to collect military intelligence and information, carry out military operations, small scale and large scale. Examples: paramilitary organizations, terrorist organizations, area security organizations.

-Environmental organizations: aim to collect environmental intelligence, carry out small scale and large scale environmental action. Example: environmental NGOs, environmental action groups, non-for profit collective farms or collective environmental groups. 

-Political organizations: aim to collect political information, carry out small scale or large scale political action. Example: political parties, some trade unions, some labor unions, some political interest or action groups who aim to network with politicians or to influence politicians.

-Economic organizations: aim to collect economic information, carry out small scale or large scale economic operations. Businesses, private schools, shops, for-profit organizations etc. 

-Social organizations: aim to collect social information. Carry out small scale or large scale social action. Friends, married couples, couples, social groups, social networks, groups of friends, networks of friends, organized social groups.

A little bit more on organization types:

Some organizations start off as social organizations with the sole aim of social networking but gradually grow to become military or political organizations, that is want to influence political organizations or start self-defense groups. Others started off as political organizations but give up politics to focus on socializing.

Nature of the organizations

Militarized: Each member has some kind of rank within the organization. Members are ranked by age, gender, experience serving for the organization, and other ranks designated by the leadership. Lower ranked people obey the orders of the higher ranked and never talk back. 

Tribal: Members have no rank but are not sure how to interact. Each member has their tribal affiliation and it takes time before members find their mark within the organization. There are few rituals and improvisation is the norm. 

Free: There are clear leadership positions and everyone is encouraged to join leadership positions. Members tend to interact freely and in some cases encourage new members to the organization. Organizations tend to be ritualized and keeping time is important. Rituals are supposed to make interaction easier among members.

Function of the organizations

Survival: People need to join the organization to keep their job, to get a job, or the organization itself is their job. Or perhaps they get food and money from the organization. In sum, the organization helps them survive. 

Solidarity: People join because they want group solidarity. They want to join a team that works toward a common goal to improve the conditions of the members of the organization. 

Altruism: People join for a more “noble” cause, that is to help other people who have a difficult time, make life safer for the community, or improve the life of the community.

Narcissism: to become rich and famous and validated at the expense of others. 

When organizations collapse

-The base is stronger than the leadership: I once joined a group of “Third Culture Kids” where the base was clearly way stronger than the leadership. The base had been more productive, more vocal, more present than the leadership. As one of the leaders felt her day to day jobs were threatened by the base, she dismantled the organization. If you are a football team and the base knows more about managing the club than the leadership, the organization will soon collapse. Even in egalitarian organizations, the leadership should be more informed than the base on how to deal with the organization.

-The leadership is detached from the base: If the leadership is a “myth” or is never present, or takes decisions without ever meeting the base, it will soon collapse. Decisions are mainly taken for the base and with some form of support of at least parts of the base. If the leadership does not understand the base and takes decisions without actually knowing the base, the organization tends to collapse. 

-Both the base and the leadership are weak: If both the leadership and the base are weak, the organization will collapse. If the base is strong, someone from the base can take over the leadership. But if there are no strong elements in the base, the organization will tend to collapse. 



    
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