Characteristics of a Good Network from the PKAL Experience

Characteristics of a Good Network from the PKAL Experience

  • a common goal, one that is arrived at through consensus, and probably through long-term engagement and communication within the potential group of collaborators
  • people with a passion to make a difference and for whom this engagement is at the top of their list of priorities for expending time and energy
  • regular and persistent avenues for communication, both face-to-face and electronic
  • the visible involvement of persons with a stake in the success of the network, including presidents, deans and others who have leadership responsibilities on a campus or within a professional society
  • one or two people who take responsibility to be the connectors, people with credibility in the community of potential collaborators and within the stakeholder community
  • a vision about how working together is more effective than working in isolation
  • an affective component, that people come to enjoy participating and have a sense of belonging.