Twice a year, the Connected Commons hosts a Summit profiling the latest in social network science thinking and application of the ideas for a series of engaging discussions. In addition, the Commons Spotlight Series runs regular webinars to showcase the work of thought leaders and innovative case studies via webinars open to all. Lastly, quarterly online courses are available to teach you the core skills for organizational network analyses.
Events in August 2019–July 2020
Spring Summit — Cambridge
May 8 & 9
Host: The Broad Institute
The Spring Summit, hosted by the Broad Institute in the heart of the Kendall Square biotech hub, explored talent ecosystems and collaborative innovation. The first day, participants toured the local biotech hub, learned from scientists and industry leaders, and enjoyed an innovative celebration. On day two, members chose to deep dive into the emerging research and share insights.
Fall Summit — Williamsburg
October 8 & 9
Host: The College of William & Mary
Our community of people leaders from HR, learning, talent, and analytics will convene at the Connected Commons Fall 2019 Summit in the heart of historic Williamsburg. We will travel back in time to learn how social networks shaped the future of our free world before zooming forth into the future of social networks to knit healthy and thriving organizational communities and unlock hidden talent. Join us on this learning journey to discover how social networks can amplify leadership capabilities and drive more inclusive behaviors. Register today!
2018 Member Summits
Spring Summit — Boston
May 15 & 16
Host: Babson College
On May 15 and 16, people from approximately one hundred thought-leading organizations convened at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts for the spring Connected Commons Summit. It was kicked off with a fascinating field trip to the MIT Media Lab, and then alternated between presentations from thought leaders and discussions with member panels.
Fall Summit — San Francisco
October 9 & 10
The October 9th and 10th Fall Summit, hosted by Workday in Pleasanton, CA, focused on "Creating the Agile Organization.” The first half-day of the summit, opened to all, featured perspectives from four top thought leaders, and the second day was an applied working session, for members only, to co-create new network-based solutions.
2017 Member Summits
Spring Summit — Detroit
May 9 & 10
Host: General Motors
On May 15 and 16, people from approximately one hundred thought-leading organizations convened at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts for the spring Connected Commons Summit. It was kicked off with a fascinating field trip to the MIT Media Lab, and then alternated between presentations from thought leaders and member panel discussions.
Fall Summit — Seattle
October 10 & 11
Host: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The October 10th and 11th Summit was hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. The highlight of the first day was an amazing set of meetings on optimizing the potential of talent at Amazon. Day 2 was kicked off by Dr. Christakis discussing Social Networks for Good, followed by compelling member panels and case studies.
2015 & 2016 Member Summits
2015 Summit — Charlottesville
September 9 & 10
Host: University of Virginia
On September 9th and 10th, over 100 organizations attended the inaugural Connected Commons Summit hosted at the University of Virginia. It was a stimulating event that mixed real world applications of network thinking along a number of core dimensions. Presenters and discussion leaders included: Ron Burt, John Boudreau, Rob Cross, Andy Hargadon and Tammy Erikson.
2016 Summit — Boston
December 12 & 13
Host: Babson College
The 2016 Connected Commons Summit was held at Babson College in beautiful Wellesley, Massachusetts. The summit was the capstone of an incredible year of breakthrough research, capability-building webinars and exciting press coverage. Presenters and discussion leaders included: Rob Cross, Tom Davenport, David Rock, Brian Kropp, Jay Rao and Keith Rollag.