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Dgroups: Communities of Practice for development

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Presentation by Neil Pakenham-Walsh at the K4D Conference - Geneva, April 2017

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Dgroups: Communities of Practice for development

  1. 1. Dgroups: Communities of Practice for development Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Chair, Dgroups Foundation www.dgroups.info K4D 2017
  2. 2. Outline/overview 1. What is Dgroups? 2. What is the role of Dgroups & CoPs in AK4D & SDGs? 3. What can we do to maximise the potential of CoPs?
  3. 3. What is a CoP? “A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” Etienne Wenger
  4. 4. What is a CoP?
  5. 5. Virtual CoPs
  6. 6. 1. What is Dgroups?
  7. 7. The Dgroups vision: “A world where every person is able to contribute to dialogue and decision-making for international development and social justice”
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  10. 10. Each Dgroups Partner: • Membership of Dgroups Council • www.dgroups.org/YOURNAME • Unlimited # CoPs • Unlimited # affiliates • IT support • Mutual support from other Partners to create and sustain CoPs.
  11. 11. Dgroups >800 CoPs (~40 CoPs per Partner) >0.25m members >0.5m messages/day
  12. 12. Example of a Dgroup: KM4Dev km4dev@dgroups.org >2,400 members in 115 countries
  13. 13. Example of Dgroups: HIFA hifa@dgroups.org >16,000 members in 176 countries
  14. 14. Dgroups works because… • Simple, reliable software (Community Cloud) • Email-based – very easy to use • Non-commercial, Multilingual, Effective…
  15. 15. 2. What is the role of Dgroups and CoPs in K4D/SDGs?
  16. 16. How to improve communication? Old way: 1000s of F2F meetings Environmentally damaging Expensive Exclusive Sporadic Opaque
  17. 17. How to improve communication? Old way: 1000s of F2F meetings New way: Fewer F2F meetings, connected by 24/7 CoPs Environmentally damaging Environmentally friendly Expensive Inexpensive Exclusive Inclusive Sporadic Continuous Opaque Transparent
  18. 18. 3. What can we do to maximise the potential of CoPs?
  19. 19. What can we do? 1. Include CoPs in Agenda K4D 2. Commit to support CoPs 3. Join Dgroups
  20. 20. Join Dgroups Further info: www.dgroups.info neil@hifa.org Thank you

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