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If you or your 
colleagues will be attending the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania or North America section 
meetings in July you might be interested in a 1-day workshop on 
social network analysis and network weaving my colleagues and I will be presenting. It will be 
especially relevant to those who are working on complex applied 
conservation projects that involve people with multiple backgrounds and 
perspectives. The Oceania section workshop will be on July 7, co-taught with Ged Acton of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fiji, and Brooke McDavid of the University of 
Alaska; the N. America section workshop/short course will 
be on July 13, co-taught with my CPI colleague Judy Soule. Below is the 
description of the Oceania workshop. 

With best regards,     -ken

Workshop 1: A hands-on introduction to applied social network analysis for community-based conservationThe theory and methods of social network analysis have been under 
development since the 1930s, and in the past decade have begun to be 
applied to socio-ecological systems. Using relational data and diagrams 
(maps), SNA can identify properties of social networks such as which 
actors are in the center of ‘the action’ and which are peripheral; 
groups of actors who interact more with one another than with those 
outside their group; and which actor groups interact and which ones 
don’t (i.e., social boundaries or divides). Network ‘weaving’ processes 
to bridge divides and increase innovation and success have also been 
developed. Interest in the potential for SNA to contribute to 
conservation has emerged in recent years, as evidenced by increasing 
numbers of SNA papers in conservation journals and conferences, 
including ICCB 2013. Yet few conservation scientists, practitioners, or 
students are familiar with SNA and how it might be applied in 
conservation. This course will provide both an overview of and hands-on 
learning in applied SNA for conservation. Participants will learn about 
the history, theory, and methods of SNA, and will practice: (1) Social 
network questionnaire development, (2) Network data collection, (3) 
Network mapping with the free visone software, (4) Social network 
analysis with visone and R, (5) Applied conservation SNA methods for 
network weaving, and (6) How to plan and execute an applied conservation 
social network project.
Ken Vance-Borland, Executive Director
The Conservation Planning Institute
"To protect and restore biological diversity through innovative conservation planning 
that is focused on effective implementation"
Tel:(541)231-7949 Email: [log in to unmask] Skype: ken.vance.borland
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