Communities of practice

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Define Communities of Practice

Wenger Trayner -

Collective Learning & Shared Practice - people drawn to outcomes, not concept

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“Practice” = practitioner

“Community” = people who are joining have other communities as their priority. They are showing up to strengthen their own communities. Think of it as a network instead. Community framework is helpful when people join.

Roles & Audiences

Waxing & Waning of members’ contributions

Active vs inactive - share vs take - learn vs teach

Figure out why people show up and support them

Success story

Group that has met weekly consistency

10 min community - people randomly pair up to talk

50 min presentation

Maintained by a consultant

Amount of information being shared in person is massive

Convener (behind the scenes organizing) + Host (practiioner holding the actual space)


Capacity Builder’s Convergence

  • Come up with topic
  • People show up and discuss
  • Ask people what they want to see


  • Intentional space to actively connect

How do Define Outcomes

Processes & Products you get


Need enough food for everyone but don’t know how hungry people are
  • Too many dishes and you can’t try everything
  • Potluck needs redundancy and flexibility in case someone cannot follow through

Words of Wisdom

You are a Dock and they are boats on their journeys, stopping at your dock

Build solidarity, get what they need and move on

Minimum Viable Structure for a group

  • Start with Values to determine outcomes
  • Outcomes
    • What do you want to accomplish short term vs long term
    • Transparency
    • Building stronger solidarity, and understanding between different communities