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Florence Nightingale: the pandemic hero we need

“Whenever I am infuriated,” she wrote to her friend, the influential politician Sidney Herbert, “I revenge myself with a new diagram.”

My network map isn’t nearly as interesting or groundbreaking as Florence Nightingale’s, but it’s mine and it taught me some interesting things.

It taught me that I mostly know people in Canada, although lots of people in my network are in places outside of Canada.


It also taught me that most of my contacts are in the oil and gas industry, through regulatory affairs, or Nondestructive Testing (NDT), which came as no surprise to me.

Finally, it taught me that I’m not very good at Kumu, and that I’d like to give it another try. I did learn that Excel has a map function, which was new to me! I’ve done some other research and reading on different types of networks and will include that in my Unit 3 reading reflection, to be posted this weekend.

2 Replies to “Doctor, Doctor”

  1. Firstly I love the squirrel. It really embodies your “fueled by coffee and hope” image. 🙂
    I as well found that many of my network connections are in similar fields, not surprising in the least. But I wonder if this is also a way in which we identify ourselves. We can possibly link our digital identity map to our network map, and find that a lot of our collogues probably have similar digital identities. I think this is what holds us together in tight networks, that we have more in common than we may think? No?

  2. Thanks! That’s my squirrel friend from my yard. We have “discussions” about his use of the bird feeder on the daily.

    I like what you said about how we identify ourselves. I literally call myself a radiation nerd on Slack! I also think that this holds us in tight networks, and that we have little “tentacles” reaching out to others’ tight networks that allow us to reach out from our main networks, which is healthy. Sort of a cross-pollination?

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