June has been weaving economic and community networks for more than 35 years. In 1981 she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the process of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone?
With others in Appalachian Ohio, she catalyzed cascades of experimentation, observing and documenting the dynamics that enabled many hundreds of people to start and then expand businesses. With these entrepreneurs, she mobilized dozens of area organizations to collaborate, self-organize and create an environment that would help these businesses innovate and work together.
After twenty years as executive director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, she stepped down to devote her energies to helping communities around the globe form Intentional Collaborative Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. She helped clients use Smart Network Analyzer social network mapping software to understand and enhance their networks.
Her recent projects have involved communities, regions, statewide collaborations, healthcare and hospital systems, and national learning and innovation networks. She is highly regarded as a dynamic keynote speaker and has led hundreds of interactive workshops on applying a network approach.
June is now shifting her energies to supporting the infrastructure needed so that network and self-organizing strategies can expand rapidly throughout the world.
She is working with others to
- Identify gaps in the system of support for emerging network efforts and find ways to fill those gaps.
- Encourage more consultants and leadership organizations to work from a network frame.
- Develop models of highly effective transformational networks.
- Develop modules on network practices so that they are easily accessible to many people.
- Set up a network weaver blog that includes posts on network concepts and network practices.
- Through pilots, develop models of new network structures: innovation funds, networks of networks.
- Encourage network practitioners and consultants to hold frequent popup sessions, where people can discuss and develop the many aspects of a network approach such as innovation funds, network governance, and self-organizing.
- Identify and develop new sources of funding for network efforts including partnerships with foundation and new self-funding and crowdsourced initiatives.
- Identify several key sector or cross-sector opportunities and offer assistance to enable them to become transformative.
- Develop strategies to scale network initiatives so they become the major organizing form of the century.