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Networking strengthens careers and communities.

I’m going to make a bold prediction: Richer, more frequent discussions with peers would help your career. But who would you want to spend more time with? How would you find them? How would you initiate contact? And then there’s the free rider problem – why should you be the one to reach out in the first place? When you put it all together, we’re left with an unavoidable conclusion: It’s surprisingly hard to engineer ongoing interactions with the right people. So, we settle.

But settling is a mistake, given the dramatic changes taking place across all sectors. As Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum wrote, “We are witnessing profound shifts across all industries, marked by the emergence of new business models, the disruption of incumbents and the reshaping of production, consumption, transportation and delivery systems.” In such an environment, strategic considerations are inextricably linked with commercial, technological, social, political, legal and economic considerations.

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