Tapping the Power of Social Networks

Understanding the Role of Social Networks in Strengthening Families and Transforming Communities

Posted January 2, 2006
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Social networks — those we consciously build and those that are unconsciously part of everyday life — are powerful influencers on our lives. This report, the first in a series on social networks produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, examines research and observations around the power of social networks, including the relationship between social networks and the desired Core Results of Casey's Making Connections initiative.

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Positive social networks can transform families and Making Connections communities

Social networks exist in every community. Transforming lives in Making Connections neighborhoods begins with understanding how families currently experience these networks; developing relationships that build trust; and developing strategies and tools that acknowledge the dynamics of power, race and class.