Emotion Networking

Moderated conversations to better understand the complexity of heritage dynamics
Facilitate people to participate in heritage interactions
Facilitator | Participants
1 | 8-10
CENTRINNO key concepts
Heritage, Social Inclusion
Online & Offline
mapping ecosystem, developing community, community, heritage
People foster natural and cultural objects, sites and repertoires as ‘heritage’. They do so in reference to the past with an eye on the future. The practice of fostering items as heritage - a way of dealing with the past in the present towards the future - brings along complex, emotional loaded interactions. The concept of Emotion Networking refers to working with the capricious constellations of people who all have feelings about a (prospective) heritage item, though not all the same ones. Emotion Networking is an exercise in visualising and analysing how people’s positions in relation to the item of heritage and to each other may shift in conversation with each other. Participation in this exercise of moderated conversations, is a collaborative effort, during which new affiliations and feelings of connectedness may develop, not necessarily based on shared feelings about the item of heritage at stake, but based on a shared understanding of the complex dynamics around the item. Emotion Networking creates visual representations of networked experiences which can help to better understand the complexity of heritage dynamics and through this understanding may facilitate people to participate in heritage interactions in a more conscious and constructive manner.
Emotion Networking Session. Source: Reinwardt Academy
The Emotion Networking method in CENTRINNO has several potential uses. Firstly, it is used to feed the Living Archive. By conducting Emotion Networking sessions, cities are able to understand the heritage dynamics and collect stories to be uploaded and shared to this platform. The method could be also used to map heritage related resources that could be uploaded to the Cartography, find heritage-related topics, such as traditional techniques, to feed the School, or develop a community of practice around a heritage item connected to the Network. You may find more information on Emotion Networking in the Urban Resources Mapping Guidebook, including a how-to guide on page 79 of the annex document below: