We just published an article on Human Ecosystems in which we describe the ways in which we can model the relationships in the Relational Ecosystems of cities.
The article is titled:
Relations in the Human Ecosystems: Cultures, Communities, Roles and Emergence
and you can read it here: http://human-ecosystems.com/home/relations-in-the-human-ecosystems-cultures-communities-roles-and-emergence/
It is interesting to use these models to gain understandings about how people relate and interact, describing people’s roles in these interactions.
These descriptions, of course, have variations through time and contexts. People participate to different communities and cultures at the same time, with broader or tighter scopes, their roles within them changing all the time, as well as their level of engagement and the layouts and configuration of their participation.
In the article we explore the basics of how we interpret relations in the Human Ecosystems, and use the assumptions to describe various roles which people commonly represent in the Relational Ecosystem: the Expert, the Hub, the Influencer, the Amplifier and the Bridge.
All of these roles allow us to understand how information and knowledge flow across the Relational Ecosystem of cities.