***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** one thing that jumps to mind is steven spielberg's shoah foundation - http://www.shoahfoundation.org/ there were some very heavy efforts made by holocaust survivors to track down and locate members of small european communities...perhaps their own research team could shed some light, or some literature on this area of survivor research...this kind of stuff that shoah was doing looked at folks who were seeking one another out over literally dozens of years...brings a very new meaning to the expression 'playing jewish geography' (yes, i'm jewish myself, so please don't jump on me for that one) on a much lighter note, VH1 (music videos etc) ran a show for a while in which they tracked down former one-hit music industry wonders and all of their cohorts..though james lipton has done this kind of research behind the scenes for years with his 'inside the actor's studio show' (putting together original entourages tracing back over decades in film or stage) now i think that i'm going in entirely the wrong direction with what you're talking about...just re-read your note below ;) -dave At 03:56 PM 9/20/2005, Edward Vielmetti wrote: >***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > >I'm looking for some useful principles and theory >here, and any references anyone happens to >have that would be good. > >There's a schoolteacher from New Orleans who >has relocated to Ann Arbor who I met for coffee >today. She'd like to get reunited with her students >and fellow teachers, who have scattered to the four >winds. At the moment she knows where about 40 >folks are out of a school of 1400. > >In the small world of Ann Arbor, Mark Newman >happened to stop by as we were having this >conversation, and he suggested that an approach >focusing on the "strength of weak ties" would be >the best way to approach this - if you work narrowly >on connecting back up with all your close friends, >you'll miss most people, because they won't have >the diversity of contacts you'll need. > >We'll start with some obvious things, like clipping >services to look for news articles and an easy to >find web site with comments turned on. There >will need to be a lot of phone calls and other >legwork because it's by no means universal that >the people who scattered have always-on network >access, let alone laptops, let alone phones that >reliably work. > >What other studies of network-connected diaspora >would be useful to look at, or if this hasn't happened >in the real world before, I'd even be content with >getting some good fiction insights into what people >would do. >-- >Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, MI 48104 >+1 734 276 5910 >http://beta.plazes.com/whereis/edwardvielmetti > >[log in to unmask] >http://vielmetti.typepad.com > >_____________________________________________________________________ >SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social >network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send >an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line >UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. David Carpe Principal and Founder, Clew, LLC (http://www.clew.us) E: [log in to unmask] W: 781.674.2539 M: 781.883.5487 Skype: dcarpe ***Internet Email Confidentiality Footer*** Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message. If you are not the addressee indicated in this message (or responsible for delivery of the message to such person), you may not copy or deliver this message to anyone. In such case, you should destroy this message and kindly notify the sender by reply email. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of my firm shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.