In his novel 'Linked', Albert-Laszlo Barabasi states:
It is becoming more apparent that technology as biology is no longer a debate and is becoming an important school of thought that drives the way we think about networks.
Having worked as an environmental planner myself in a past life, I think there are many lessons to be learned from the environmental movement and in particular from environmental management theories.
Those theories saw enviornmental and social planners moving from traditional command and control models, to resource management approaches to more recently in the past 10 years, a theory they call the ecosystem approach .
I believe that we can apply the ecosystem approach to how we think about social networks. I am working on a presentation about this for a conference as we speak and when I finish it I’ll post it up here.