This week I’d like to share a resource that a client shared with me… (Thank you, Lee!)
Community of Practice Design Guide
The link above takes you to a practical and simple guide developed by Darren Cambridge, Soren Kaplan, and Vicki Suter (2005).
It explains what a Community of Practice (CoP) is and offers practical ideas for designing and working with CoPs. This guide is focused on higher education, but many of the ideas can be applied in other spaces and sectors.
Increasingly, the idea of Communities of Practice is coming up in my work with local and regional NGOs. CoPs can certainly facilitate learning for specific fields of practice, but they can also develop leadership and, potentially, support social change and even movement building.
These ideas have been around for a while, but I’m only just beginning to get my head around the implications and practicalities of them … My work is a constant learning curve – something I’m very grateful for! And this is certainly a topic I’ll post about again in future.
I hope you find this an interesting read. And feel free to comment below if you’d like to share your experience – or other key resources – related to working with CoPs.
Wishing you all a great week!
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