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The Reliants Project #43
How networks shape our lives
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The devastating situation in the Ukraine reminds me of the conversation I had with Khusraw Razbaan Ahmadzai about How Networks Support People Displaced by War. He shares his lived experience from early childhood in Kabul, Afghanistan before moving to Islamabad, Pakistan during the civil war in the early 90s. He talks about the emotional and practical impact on individuals, their families, and communities when war disrupts our networks. He also talks about how instrumental weak ties are to overcoming the challenges that war brings. We’re seeing this unfold in real-time on social media. Steven Johnson discusses this in the latest addition of his newsletter, Networks Versus Tanks.
It’s not rocket science, but we often forget that doing simple things consistently can have a huge impact on our relationships. In 6 Ways You Can Build and Maintain Strong Relationships With Your Partner, the author highlights a few of the most obvious and valuable:
I’d add one to the list that is deceptively simple but hard to do: Do what you say you’re going to do. I can’t think of a better way to build trust and respect with someone else.
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About The Reliants Project
Reliant is my word for a person that someone depends on, an essential component of our social networks. With each edition, I’ll share useful nuggets about how networks shape your wellbeing, relationships, and community to help you actively cultivate yours. Whether you want to make better introductions, build better social products and services, or activate networks to make an impact in the world, let me help you reach your goals.
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