As Extension professionals are increasingly tasked with moving beyond program delivery into the murky realm of systems change, networks represent an essential organizing framework for this transition. In this article, we examine the ways in which networks are becoming a modern mode for social change. By providing examples from our work with food networks, we demonstrate how these collaborative approaches can produce a greater impact for Extension and the communities we serve. Lastly, we discuss the critical characteristics of successful networks and the role Extension can play in their optimization.
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Harden, N., Bain, J., Heim, S., Bohen, L., & Becher, E. (2020). The Art and Science of Networking Extension. The Journal of Extension, 58(2), Article 26. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss2/26