We are experimenting with different ways of sharing information, skills and resources within NetEquality. One way is through building social network maps or ‘NetMaps’ together.
Imagine the connections that you have with people and organisations, and beyond that the connections your contacts have. These form a hidden web that NetMaps can help us see and use.
This can be filled with information / stories about how we all connect and work together, as well as all our specialist knowledge, wants and offers. We want to make accessible all the useful info that usually stays in our heads with the aim of strengthening our groups, campaigns and building more solidarity across equality areas.
We can also identify people’s particular interests in order to show clusters of connections around topics like mental well-being, or accessibility and inclusion. Maps can help plan and carry through campaigns, because they show who are the key connectors and influencers.
If you’re keen to join the community the first step is getting on the ‘NetEquality NetMap’. This is where everyone in the community will be able to see each other and connect, using existing communication tools.
This is an experimental and iterative project, and we are in the testing phase where we are gathering information on what networks exist and how we can make them visible. We learn together as we go and welcome feedback.
If you are interested in joining the NetEquality community then fill out the form at the bottom of this page
If you want to have an induction or find out more, sign up to one if our weekly 'Introduction to NetMapping' drop-in sessions or Get in Touch if you have any questions.
You can find out when the drop-in sessions are via our shared online calendar.
Here is a direct link to the form to sign up for people using screen readers