3.1 Applications and Examples of SNA

After the first two weeks of exploration, I am quite sure we’ve come to a share recognition on the potential of SNA in various domains. In this page, I want to share two applications of SNA – outside of education – that I found inspiring.

The first example is Suzanne Simard’s TED talk on “How trees talk to each other” that I stumbled upon when listening to NPR. (Canadian accent alert!) The reason I picked this exmaple is Simard’s work demonstrates a paradigm shift (discussed by Barry Wellman in last week’s readings) in the study of trees and forests by highlighting the importance of ties among trees.

The second example is Amar Dhand’s work on “stroke patients’ health behaviors” that is based on a specific type of social network named ego-networks. The reason I picked this example is Dhand did a great job presenting the motivation of their work and went on to investigate a solution powered by SNA. This presentation could be a great model for you to follow for this week’s class activity (see next page for details).

Did you find these examples inspiring? Feel free to share on the Slack ideas channel, or make Hypo annotations on this page using hashtags SNAEd & ideas.