The raison d’être for this blog being to present new research findings of the scale of the UK Anthroposophy movement, I felt it about time to post the latest ‘map’ of the movement’s directorship overlaps. Here they are, in the illustration below. Forgive the slight misalignment of text in the colour key but it seemed good enough for an impromptu post.
The coloured circles or nodes represent defined UK Anthroposophical organisations. Organisations having a shared director or trustee are shown by a solid black line linking the organisations together. The number of overlaps or links an organisation has determines how centrally placed it appears in the diagram. This positioning of the organisations is not done by me, it is done automatically by the software used to process and illustrate the data.
The software (netdraw, available free to download here) used to produce the above illustration includes a very useful routine known as ‘spring embedding’, an iterative process that eventually finds the best ‘fit’ between the nodes in a network. When graphed, netdraw treats links between nodes as springs pulling the nodes together so that the more connected nodes move toward the centre and the less connected nodes, or organisations in this case, shift to the periphery.
In the illustration above the organisations (the nodes) have been colour coded according to their area of activity and three of the central or ‘more connected’ organisations labelled. The yellow labelled node is the Anthroposophical Association Limited, the workhorse of the national Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. The red node is the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship(SWSF), the national UK body representing Anthroposophical education. The lighter blue labelled node is Camphill Village Trust, one of the wealthiest charities in the UK and a leading organisation within the UK’s Camphill movement.
A major aim of this research is in exploring and hopefully answering the question as to how cohesive or integrated the movement is. On its own, the above ‘map’ of directorship & trustee overlaps is only indicative of an integrated or cohesive UK Anthroposophy movement. However, it is hoped that mapping the organisations on the basis of a combination of other kinds of links between organisations will go some way toward realising the research aims.