One of the features of the Information Age and Social Networks is the rising importance of Trust Networks.
What is a Trust Network?
It’s a network of individuals, organizations, and agents that one confidently feels they can unconditionally trust to be honest, reliable, ethical, constructive, pro-social, and responsive.
Adding or removing individuals, organizations, or agents in a Trust Network is not an easy process. I tend to be cautious in adding new members to my personal Trust Network, and reluctant to summarily dismiss or remove an existing member.
I value mutual trust and mutual respect. And I lament episodes where mutual trust and mutual respect are eroded in an unexpected, surprising, disappointing, inscrutable, heartbreaking, or inexplicable manner.
A few years ago, I wrote this blog post about the principal considerations in building and managing a Trust Network.
The academic name of this subject is FaceWork Theory.