Niall Ferguson has done a lot of work on how networks form, grow, and dissolve. He has insights into what makes for powerful networks and how you can leverage that information to build your own networks, which is an extremely important thing for any entrepreneur to do. (Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew a dozen different people who could join your startup team and immediately add value to it? People with solid networks are able to do this.)

While I haven’t watched this series yet I have read his The Square and the Tower, which is a book on the same subject and unless my guess is wrong most of what is included in the video series teased in the title will be from this book. If you have time this weekend, this should be a good series to watch (it’s only three episodes long and each of the episodes is less than an hour)

Anyways, here’s the info on the series, Networld, from YouTube:

In this groundbreaking new series hosted by Niall Ferguson and inspired by his bestselling book The Square and the Tower, Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks. From the Reformation and 17th century witch-hunting, through the American Revolution and to the nightmare visions of Orwell’s 1984, Ferguson explores the intersection of social media, technology and the spread of cultural movements. Reviewing classic experiments and cutting-edge research, Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and profit can energize ideas and communication, ultimately changing the world. Full series now streaming.

I will be watching some, if not all, of this series over the weekend.

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