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Getting people to take responsibility for their own learning & use CoPs

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Podcast – Getting people to take responsibility for their own learning & use CoPs

One of the things that I often bang on about in organisations is the development of communities of practice or COPSas a tool for getting people to take responsibility for their own learning and developing creativity and innovation. Communities of practice are groups of people within an organisation who get together in order to develop their mutual understanding about an issue or topic. Ideally a community of practice will be an informal network of individuals who are committed to developing their understanding in practice by sharing knowledge, research and feedback from the practical application of the shared knowledge.


Some do and some don’t

Over the years I have set up communities of practice in a range of organisations from universities through to banks, government departments, police departments, and a range of industries. My particular experience has shown me that successful communities of practice need to be seeded correctly and facilitated, at least in their initial stages, until the group can take over responsibility and run the community themselves, which is one of the aims of a CoP.

I have often wondered why some communities of practice are easier to get going than others, And why some  groups will readily take control of their own community and self organise in order to learn together, and other groups find it harder or almost impossible to manage their own communities and keep the learning going.

In this podcast I look at research which explains what is going on and how to get people to take responsibility for their own learning in an organisation and get CoPs working better…



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David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Review. He is also acknowledged to be one of the world's leading experts in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and developing emotional resilience. David teaches and conducts research at a number of universities including the University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division, Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University School of Business and many more. He has worked with many organisations as a consultant and executive coach including Schroders, where he coaches and runs their leadership and management programmes, Royal Mail, Aimia, Hyundai, The RAF, The Pentagon, the governments of the UK, US, Saudi, Oman and the Yemen for example. In 2010 he developed the world's first and only model and programme for developing emotional resilience across entire populations and organisations which has since become known as the Fear to Flow model which is the subject of his next book. In 2012 he drove a 1973 VW across six countries in Southern Africa whilst collecting money for charity and conducting on the ground charity work including developing emotional literature in children and orphans in Africa and a number of other activities. He is the author of The Ambiguity Advanatage: What great leaders are great at, published by Palgrave Macmillian. See more: About: About David Wikipedia: David's Wikipedia Page