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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are 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. [1]

Principles for maintaining a vibrant community for years:

  1. Design for evolution
  2. Open a dialogue between inside and outside perspectives
  3. Invite different levels of participation
  4. Develop both public and private community spaces
  5. Focus on value
  6. Combine familiarity and excitement
  7. Create a rhythm for the community [2]

Note: The Illustration used in the page banner above is by Nitya Wakhlu, produced at the Experience Engagement conference in October 2015.
[1] Wenger, E. (2006). Communities of Practice: An introduction

[2] Wenger, E., McDermott, R. & Snyder, W. (2014). Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice

Key Concepts of Communities of Practice

This Youtube video explains in a few words what a Community of Practice is all about.