Networking technology

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Blacksburg, VA: Office of International Research Education and Development, Virginia Tech


This presentation discusses how studying networks can contribute to an advanced understanding of social learning and adaptive management for technology adoption in the developing world. Through summarizing a traditional model of innovation through the scientific process and demonstrating how knowledge networks are constructed to foster social learning, the presentation shows how the technology transfer paradigm has evolved in recent decades. Historical examples, such as the green revolution and the use of farmer field schools are used to illustrate this process of change.



Participatory processes, Training, Adoption of innovations, Social learning, Technology transfer, Social networks, Adaptive management, Knowledge networks, Social learning


Presented at the NRC Committee on 21st Century Systems on Agriculture mini-workshop "Principles for Improving Sustainability of Agriculture," Beckman Center, the University of California-Irvine, 12 January 2009