Etienne Wenger Learning for a small planet P.O. Box 810 North San Juan, CA 95960, U.S.A. Phone (530) 292-9222 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ewenger.com Communities of practice a social discipline of learning ......................................
A social discipline of learning Key dimensions Sponsorship Meaning Domain Identity Nurturing Participation Learningtogether Community Practice Boundaries Competence/power Support
A social discipline of learning Key processes Reflect andself-design Meaning Identity Domain Push practiceforward Bring practice in Learningtogether Community Practice Boundaries Competence/power Create self-representation In collaboration with Beverly Trayner
Learning activities Exchanges Productive inquiries Building shared understanding Producing assets Creating standards Formal access to knowledge Visits Outsidesources Pointers to resources News Informal Information 1 Hot topicdiscussions Stories Broadcast inquiry Tips 3 Debates Exploringideas Readinggroup Document sharing 2 Jointevents Case clinics Documentingpractice Eachother With Guests From Project and after-actionreviews Jointresponse Collections Visits 7 4 Field trips Problem solving Learningprojects Formalpracticetransfer Boundarycollaboration Practice fairs 6 Mutual benchmark Helpdesk 5 Models of practice Trainingand workshops Warranting Formal External benchmark Invited speaker Systematicscan
Elected Volunteer Consensus Appointed Tacit Emergent Assigned Rotation Self-selected
A learning partnership Lifecycle and evolution It involves responsibilities It becomes an entity in its own right private and public It is voluntary communalidentity long-termviability It is fun recognizedstewardship Maturing Sustaining Coalescing It takes initiative Transforming It evolves ongoinglegacy Potential commonground It depends on renewed passion It takes hard work and careful nurturing A community is a living entity … not unlike a couple