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Developing Communities of Practice


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Developing Communities of Practice

  1. 1. Anna Radley Organisation and People Development, HR Developing Communities of Practice
  2. 2. Horizontal Learning
  3. 3. Continual re-organisation Artificial intelligence Platform working Generations X, Y and Z Mental health challenges Ageing population Perma- austerity Brexit Extinction Rebellion Augar review
  4. 4. In a VUCA world what type of learning do we need? Vertical Learning •Focus on problem-solving, resilience and adaptability, systems and network thinking •Greater choice and ownership improve learning outcomes •Learning from what works is more powerful than imposed concepts and methods •People who perform better in complex environments tend to have higher levels of development
  5. 5. Communities of Practice “…groups 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-Trayner and Beverly Wenger-Trayner (2015)
  6. 6. Why have Communities of Practice?• Professional development across and between organisations • Breaks down organisational silos • Sharing of knowledge and building better practice • Happier, more motivated staff (Emily Webber, 2016)
  7. 7. Examples of Communities of Practice• Cross Institutional Work Shadowing Scheme in London • Launched in Autumn 2011 with 8 partner institutions • Aim to share practice, processes and establish supportive networks • Currently 15 partner institutions with 2 application cycles per year • Structured approach – brief application form and programme outline setting expectations and boundaries • Approximately 250 visits per year across the partner institutions • Evaluation – 100% would recommend it to others and all objectives met
  8. 8. Examples of Communities of Practice• Cross Institutional Action Learning Sets for women in London and SE - pilot • Launched in February 2019 with 6 partner institutions • Aim to build a network of peers who can support each other to succeed • 24 women participating • Scheduled sessions throughout the year following specific format
  9. 9. Examples of Communities of Practice - How was it created? • One idea and one initial conversation • Setting up first meeting and working to create processes & branding • Funding? • Leader • Creating the communities of practice for participants and the co-ordinators in each partner institution. • Further communities of practice emerging
  10. 10. Examples of Communities of Practice CoachingNetwork • Established July 2016 to meet the needs of staff • Development programme to train coaches • Regular CPD/Supervision sessions • Connections across organisation • Learning from each other • Maturity – people asking to join
  11. 11. What can you do?  Interest groups  Similar needs  Use conferences like this to establish initial connections  Use existing connections  Membership  Leadership  Ability to meet regularly
  12. 12. References Webber, E. (2016) Building Successful Communities of Practice Wenger-Trayner, E. and Wenger-Trayner, B. ‘Introduction to Communities of Practice’; communities-of-practice[accessed 17th June 2019]