COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
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Adapted from Wenger et al 2008
What is it?
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. As a result of convening, members of CoPs tend to learn more quickly than if they were continuing to work in an isolated way.
How is it used?
CoPs are a way for groups to come together to share knowledge, build practice in their shared interest area, and implement new learnings that have been generated as a result of coming together. Together the group defines their Domain (practice area), Community (who is involved and at what level, and Practice (the kinds of practices they build together).
Book: Cultivating Communities of Practice, Wenger et al
Website: Intro to CoPs
Case: Government of Chile Experimenta capacity building program