I’m supporting an emerging network, one focused on energy efficiency, water, and health in affordable apartment buildings. Recently, we had our first big in-person gathering of network participants. Because networks consist of personal relationships, we incorporated connecting activities.
The Closing Triangles Drawing, an idea I got from Beth Tener, was the run-away favorite.
First, a 101 on Closing Triangles. A network weaver closes a triangle by introducing two unconnected people. This is valuable when those two people gain mutual benefit from knowing one another. Skilled network weavers share the value of the introduction, and even name the small first step to take. You can read more here, or here.
We wove the Closing Triangles Drawing throughout our event. My goal was to create two network norms:
- Mutual curiosity about our work, assets and needs
- An expectation everyone makes connections
We began by explaining the concept of closing triangles with stories of meaningfully connecting people in the room.
We placed forms to enter the drawing in registration packets. The forms required the name of the connector and the two connected people – and prompted people to name what made the connection meaningful. read more