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    2019 Community of Practice Launch!

    Welcome to the launch of the Community of Practice for those working to promote community health & peace.

    What is a Community of Practice?

    Communities of Practice are, “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger, 2015). By launching this virtual Community of Practice, our aim is to provide the place and opportunity for practitioners to share thoughts, learning, ideas, strategies, questions, and approaches regularly to improve the practice of serving the field.

    In order to be a Community of Practice, Wenger identifies three requirements:

      1. Domain: Members must be gathering around a specific domain. It’s not just a network of people or club of friends. Membership implies a commitment to the domain. In our case it is public health and peace.
      2. Community:  To have a community, members of a specific domain interact and engage in shared activities, collaborate, and share information and ideas with each other. They build relationships that enable them to learn from each other. For a Community of Practice to be formed,  people must interact and learn together.
      3. Practice:  A Community of Practice is not just people who have an interest in something (e.g., sports, hobbies, literary genres) — members must be practitioners. Community of Practice members develop shared resources which can include stories, helpful tools, experiences, ways of handling typical problems, etc. This kind of interaction develops over time as the community evolves.

    Communities evolve and develop their shared knowledge and practice through a variety of methods, including: ongoing training support, problem-solving, identifying gaps, information/knowledge requests, sharing assets, discussing developments, and sharing experiences. Our aim is to expand our forums to allow for healthy growth and development of the services domain to better serve the communities in which we operate. To do this, we have created general and training specific forums to focus our conversations.

      • General Forums – Open to all members of the Salus Community of Practice. These include General Topics and General Discussion.
      • Training Forums – Open only to those who have completed the requisite training associated with the forum.  Completion of each training is required to open the associated discussion forum.

    So, welcome to our Community of Practice!  We look forward to evolving this community with you!


    Helpful Resources: 08 Brief introduction to communities of practice (wenger-trayner.com)

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