Community of Practice

In spite of current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who share a common cause and vision of what’s possible. We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits.

This is why networks are so important. But networks aren’t the whole story. They need to evolve into intentional working relationships where new knowledge, practices, courage, and commitment can develop, such as happens in Communities of Practice.

From these relationships, emergence becomes possible. Emergence is the process by which all large-scale change happens on this planet. Separate, local efforts connect and strengthen their interactions and interdependencies. What emerges as these become stronger is asystem of influence, a powerful cultural shift that then greatly influences behaviors and defines accepted practices. — How Large-Scale Change Really Happens – Working With Emergence, by Margaret Wheatley Ed.D. and Deborah Frieze, 2006.

Community of Practice

The Engage Network, Movement Strategy Center and the New Organizing Institute are facilitating community leaders getting together across the country in person for a series of Community of Practice dinners to share emerging best practices within the sector and deepen cross-organizational relationships.

Dinners have been held in San Francisco, DC, Chicago and Boston, with great ideas and delicious food being shared as participants discuss emerging best practices — from new technology platforms, to organizational design and new approaches to membership engagement. Community of Practice is a wonderful opportunity for leaders in the non profit sector to get together in person in a fun, informal setting and share cutting edge innovations.

Earlier this year, The Engage Network partnered with The Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace to embark on a 4 month community-wide listening to collect “bright spots” or positive trends and stories in Greenpeace’s global mobilisation efforts — and to surface innovations in people-powered campaigning that can help Greenpeace and its allies win bigger. Read the full story here….