ANNOUNCE: Foundations of CoPs workshop starts September 6th! LO31137

From: John D. Smith (
Date: 08/01/04

Howdy from sun-drenched Oregon, USA!

The Foundations of Communities of Practice workshop is being offered
online starting September 6th. Presented by Etienne Wenger, John
Smith, and Bronwyn Stuckey, it explores what communities of practice
are, how they work, why they are important, and how they can be
supported, nurtured, and leveraged.

The workshop simulates a community that's global and generative in the
course of seven weeks. It provides the opportunity to consider
community issues in general and examine a range of specific
communities of practice, whether presented by our guest speakers or by
workshop participants. The actual experience of working in a community
is powerful and is something you really can't get from a book. For
many people the workshop has been a career-changing experience.
Participating in the workshop opens up ongoing collaborations of many
sorts: many people come back as mentors or guest speakers. In that
sense, as a participant you are welcomed into a real, cutting-edge
community of practice.

In addition to working on a project of your choice with others, as a
participant you have access to the projects that other participants
have produced over the years. (This will be the 17th time the workshop
has been offered since 1998.) Some samples are available, along with
news, and other details on the CPsquare educational offerings blog:

The workshop space is like a curriculum and the workshop schedule also
is designed to be instructive:

Participation in the workshop involves asynchronous web- based
conferencing, scheduled teleconferences, and participant-organized
meetings over the Internet. People spend varying amounts of time in
the workshop. Often they bring projects they are working on at work
for a collective effort that can raise the level of thinking to an
extraordinarily high level.

The workshop participants come from many different industries,
countries, organizational settings, and professions. Guest speakers
from leading companies discuss their experience in implementing
community- based knowledge strategies. Details and registration forms
are posted at:

You are warmly invited to join us!

* John D. Smith - V: 503.963.8229
* CoP Foundations workshop starts Sept 6:
* "What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter." -

[Host's Note: I participated in an earlier instance of this seminar
and thought it was excellent. I can highly recommend it to anyone
interested in Communities of Practice. ..Rick]


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