The kinds of problems society faces today require collaborative wisdom and collective action. The mission of Knowledge Communities is to create environments that optimize:
- Trust building
- Knowledge Sharing
- Generative Behaviors
- Harness the productive dimensions of power and competition in the service of improving lives and bettering the world we live in.
Knowledge Communities is a community benefit organization [501c3] dedicated to promoting knowledge sharing, innovation and systemic change by helping organizations build their capacity to launch and sustain learning communities.
Underlying our practice is the idea that knowledge and insight are created and acquired when humans interact with each other and their environment. Members of learning communities learn through a diverse range of social interactions, such as one-on-one conversations, storytelling and group discussion, as well as research projects and presentations.
Much of our work is dedicated to the development and implementation of communities of practice (CoPs). CoPs are a way that people who have a shared practice can work together on improving that practice.
Communities of practice are not new; they often exist naturally within or across organizations and have showed their face throughout history (in the form of guilds, for example). Relatively new, is the growing knowledge base of ways that we can create and develop learning communities if they do not exist, or build upon and make purposeful those that do.
Private companies and corporations have utilized CoPs with documented positive results. Knowledge Communities would like to help non profit organizations and foundations benefit from CoP methodology and from other knowledge sharing strategies.
Knowledge Communities trains community facilitators how to tap into the intrinsic motivation of individuals and groups to move a community or network forward toward more autonomy, productivity and sustainability. The outcome we aim for is improved practice. Over time, network members take over the role the paid facilitator has played, requiring fewer external resource to produce greater results. To learn more about our projects see our white papers.
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