Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

—Jane Howard, author

This book has been a network journey of its own. Our team of individuals and partner organizations is diverse and spread around the world—from our writers in Boston, Dallas, and Philadelphia, to our editor in California, to our researcher in Brazil and our technologists in South Africa, Malaysia, and Romania. Connected by technology, and each bringing unique expertise and perspectives, we have come together to tell the story of network creation and network value.

We are grateful not only to the individuals who have brought this research and writing to fruition but also to the institutional ...

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