Finding The Voice of A Virtual Community of Practice
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Critical components for a successful Community of Practice (CoP) are that: 1) the community members have a space where their voice can be heard and that, (2) the proper technology is given to them to ...
Critical components for a successful Community of Practice (CoP) are that: 1) the community members have a space where their voice can be heard and that, (2) the proper technology is given to them to aid in this effort. We describe a Dynamic Delphi system under development which interprets the group’s voice in the creation of information during the initial start up phases when cultivating a CoP. Community members’ alternatives are explored, justified and debated over periods of time, and best reflect the group’s opinion at any moment in time where collective intelligence will be created from the interactions amongst group members. The system could handle a wide variety of types of decisions reflecting the diversity of goals given a CoP including emergency response actions, prediction markets, lobbying efforts, any sort of problem solving, making investment suggestions, etc. Pilot studies indicate that the group creates a greater number of better ideas. Ongoing studies are described, including applications to emergency management planning and response. They demonstrate that implementing a Dynamic Delphi system will prove conducive for building the initial repertoire of ideas, rules, policies or any other aspect of the community’s ‘voice’ that should be heard, in such a way that the individual voices are juxtaposed in harmony to create a single song.
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