Social networks and power (we are all flexians now)….

Terrific long piece on my Mason colleague, Janine Wedel in Pacific Standard, here. Krasnow Institute money quote:

Maciej Latek, a tall, Polish-born computational social scientist whose day job is creating risk models for contentious environments like international borders, stands at one end of the table in a pressed oxford shirt and tapered blue jeans. He projects a diagram, or what anthropologists call a network map, of dots and lines onto the wall. The map depicts all transfers exceeding $50 million that occurred between 2009 and 2012 from pension funds to hedge funds, showing the origins, destinations, and size of the transactions. 

Maciej is of course one of our own here at the Krasnow Institute’s Center for Social Complexity.