Oct 17, 2023
In organizations, learning-oriented ‘online communities’ often bring to mind empty forums and unused Yammer groups. But what does a vibrant community of practice look like? And how do you go about building one online?
In this week’s episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Ross D and Ross G are joined by Anamaria Dorgo, founder of L&D Shakers and Head of Community at Butter, to discuss:
· the benefits of online communities of practice
· how to build and maintain online communities
· how to measure the impact of online communities
· what all of this looks like in an organizational context
You can find out more about L&D Shakers here.
During the show, Anamaria referenced Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner's work on communities of practice.
In his trademark style, Ross G equated online communities to pornography, recalling Justice Potter Stewart’s famous line - ‘I know it when I see it.’
He also mentioned the ‘Success Case Method’, which we discussed in a previous episode.
In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Ross G recommended Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull.
Anamaria encouraged listeners to check out Katherine Zhou’s ethical design toolkit.
And Ross D talked about pushing some eggs through a sieve after watching an episode of The Bear.
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