Tuesday, April 23, 2002

On Social Capitalism
My title at Fast Company is Social Capitalist. I am frequently asked what that means. For me, it represents the dichotomy between socialism and capitalism -- and highlights the work I do to increase the value of the connections people make with the FC team, the people we write about, and other readers. Last week in the Com-Prac mailing list, which focuses on communities of practice, their theory and work, Andy Swarbrick contributed a solid introduction to the concepts of social and knowledge capital. It might not help my grandmother understand what I do for a living, but it's a start.

Andy also spends some time exploring knowledge networks and communities of practice in greater detail. Soon, he intends to add material about social network analysis and how it can be used to visualize social networks and measure cohesion. Good stuff.

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