Need a complex situation distilled into a series of over simplified gifs and gags? Don’t worry – A Buzzfeed list can explain even the most nebulous concepts in just a few bite sized chunks of nostalgia and witty zingers. So you’re wondering if you’re in a Community of Practice? Wonder no more! These 6 steps should help you get a feel for what being a CoP is all about.
1. Communities of Practice need to have a focal point of attention about something that members really care about. Everyone in the community needs to be invested and focused on one thing:
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2. Learning together depends on the quality of relationships of trust and mutual engagement that members develop with each other.
Not only do members need to trust each other, but they also need to trust that in the leadership and management of the community as well.
3. Leadership is an essential ingredient in a community of practice, whether formal or informal, either when concentrated in a few people or broadly distributed. The Tech Steward role can also be seen as a niche leadership role as well.
A good Tech Steward knows the Buzz about their community AND the latest tech trends.
4. Diversity in community is a good learning resource. Incorporating multiple viewpoints allows a community of practice to flourish and grow faster than if it had a more limited outlook.
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5. “From a community of practice perspective, lurking is interpreted as “legitimate peripheral participation,” a crucial process by which communities offer learning opportunities to those on the periphery. Rather than a simple distinction between active and passive members, this perspective draws attention to the richness of the periphery and the learning enabled (or not) by it.”
Wenger, Etienne; White, Nancy; Smith, John D. (2012-03-26). Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities (Kindle Locations 489-493). CPsquare. Kindle Edition.
Hmmm, is this post worth commenting on?
Your community may be full of people watching and benefiting from the conversation, but for some reason choose not to contribute. Lurkers are an important part of the community – be considerate of the silent majority!
6. Communities of practice must be open systems – they naturally transcends boundaries. By clamping down or trying to limit it, you strangle the intrinsic drive of its collaborators to contribute openly. This also relates to the benefits of having a diverse community of practice.
The nicest trolls on the Internet.
By opening himself up to non-human advice and assistance, this “Fixer Upper” got a pretty sweet wedding outfit.
List compiled by Corey and Landon