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Communities of Practice – leveraging impact by learning together
December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CET
Join us to explore what is a Community of Practice (CoP) and what can be their role in strengthening community-led responses to societal challenges. In this online session we will hear stories from three Communities of Practice from the ECOLISE network. These CoPs bring people with a shared passion to learn, experiment, and innovate together.
We explore what makes it inspiring to be part of a CoP, how CoPs can organize themselves effectively and how they make an impact. We will explore the idea of establishing a ‘CoPs ecosystem’ within the Communities for Future framework. We discuss the benefits and requisites for multilateral collaboration between different CoPs, weaving pieces together for a broader systemic view and pathways to societal transformation at large. We are excited to have you co-creating this vision further with us!
The CoPs that will present themselves in this event and participate in a roundtable conversation are:
UrbanA (Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities)
BLAST (Blended Adult Learning for the Social-ecological Transition).
This event consists of presentations, roundtable conversations, and group discussions between participants. It is particularly meant for members of existing CoPs that connect to ECOLISE or CoPs that have a desire to engage more with Communities for Future, the European community-led movements or with ECOLISE. Individuals who are totally new to this concept are also very welcome to join!
Register for the Session and you will get the Zoom link to your email.
What is a Community of Practice (CoP)?
A Community of Practice (CoP) 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” (E. & B. Wenger-Trayner 2020). Beyond tangible outputs like innovative tools, methods, products or improved processes, a CoP has the potential to widen perspectives, change behavior and mindsets on an individual and collective level and can thus be considered as system shifting.
Originally CoP participants were from the same business, organisation or academic departments who would meet regularly face to face. Nowadays CoPs are taking shape both within organisations and between organisations as well as within and across disciplines and sectors. In socio-ecological transition movements – such as permaculture, transition networks and eco-villages – CoPs have the potential to become systems and spaces that have real power and influence. Pioneering efforts that have hovered at the periphery can become the norm and practices developed by courageous communities can become accepted standard. When people have environments in which they can learn and explore with ease and curiosity, they no longer hesitate about adopting new approaches and methods. (BLAST CoPs guide, draft V1.0)
What are the ‘Communities for Future Sessions’ about?
Through this new series of monthly online sessions, we will co-create an open space for multilateral networking, learning and collaboration. It is an invitation to come together across different groups, sectors and individuals that are, or aspire to be, connected to the European Action Programme Communities for Future; to European community-led initiatives; to ECOLISE – the European Network for Community-led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability; to related Communities of Practice – and to the many many beautiful and inspiring individuals that are part of these groups.
This initiative is part of ECOLISE’s desire to hear from its members and to offer spaces for individuals in our networks to connect with each other and organize themselves as a living and breathing network of changemakers – independently as well as under the new Communities for Future framework. We envision that as we weave together our diverse expertise and visions, a broader systemic understanding begins to emerge and we can identify new pathways towards widespread societal transformation.