Analysis of two kinds of activities in commercial networks (and NetoCracy):

  • Brokerage is the function performed by people whose relationships bridge across structural holes in social networks – they help to connect non-redundant flows of information.
  • Closure on the other hand helps to build alignment among diverse individuals by creating rich connections with third parties that establish powerful reputation mechanisms. As Burt makes clear, closure is typically not the direct result of efforts by individuals but instead is a by-product of interactions that naturally arise when dense networks of relationships form.

See also :

  • (WarpLink) DisputationArena because the two activities of closure's similarity to the responsibility required for the arena. Maybe it's the balance between LiberalAndConservative. Extra (WarpLink) SloppyAndForgiving