Jan Pedro Zeiss (HVL) will give us this talk:
"Networking among citizen initiatives for the energy transition - Investigating relational capital through hyperlink patterns on initiatives' websites."
In recent years, the importance of intangible assets has increasingly been stressed as a factor for sustained business success of both for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. Such intangible assets include, among others, trust, networking, skills and
knowledge, or company image. However, due to their intangible nature, such assets remain difficult to systematically quantify.
In this presentation I wish to discuss some initial findings from our investigation into the relational capital of citizen initiatives for the energy transition. Relational Capital, a subset of intangible assets, refers to the network and contacts that an organization maintains. The investigation was conducted for German and French renewable energy cooperatives, as a representation of the larger sector of citizen initiatives for the energy transition. In an attempt to systematically investigate how such initiatives network among each other and with other external actors, the websites of ca. 200 French and 400 German energy cooperatives were crawled, extracting all existing hyperlinks to other websites. Initial results show that the investigated initiatives rarely link to one another directly but rather connect through external mediators. However, if initiatives directly link to other initiatives, we observe a strong geographical proximity of the linked entities, substantiating previous claims by other authors, that citizen initiatives for the energy transition have a strong focus on the local community.
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Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, Vice Director FME NTRANS