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Book Recommendations: Connected The Amazing Power of Social Networks

Recommended reading – Connected: The amazing power of social networks and how they shape our lives by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler.

I highly recommend reading Connected: The amazing power of social networks and how they shape our lives by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler. The book poses the killer questions:

Is happiness catching? Is wealth contagious? Can your friends make you fat? Why do you bother to vote? Does free will exist? Your friend’s friend starts smoking, suddenly you find yourself reaching for a cigarette. But how can someone you’ll never know make you fatter and happier?

Connected: the amazing power of Social Networks

Connected: Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler

Nicholas spoke at the RSA in February, and I commend both the book and the video of his lecture to you. The empirical results described in Connected have led me to consider how social networks could best be leveraged in Welfare Reform, in particular Work Programme, and how positive influence factors within social networks could:

a) reinforce work ethics and work as social norm and

b) creation of support networks to ease transition from welfare to work.

Further Reading on Connectedness and the Social Graph

By Steve Nimmons

Steve is a Certified European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Royal Society of Arts, Linnean Society and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is an Electric Circle Patron of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a Liveryman and Freeman of London and serves on numerous industry panels. He is a member of Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute and the Chartered Institute of Journalists.