Learning Questions

Posted on Friday, 7 April, 2006 by


On communities of practise

  • Are these groups CoPs?
  • How do CoPs come into existence, mature, decline again?
  • What are the conflicts, the hurdles they experience.
  • How is leadership conceived?
  • Do they bring the participants what they need, what they hope to get?
  • Who joins, who drops out?
  • In what ways is the CoP effective, in what not?
  • How will paid membership impact?
  • What are prerequisites for CoPs? Eg can you have a CoP if people do not trust each other, do not speak each other language, or are of very different status?
  • Why am I so convinced of the combination IRL-on line, is it justified?
  • Can CoPs function in SME/entrepreneurial settings such as agriculture?
  • Is technology proficiency very important for starting an effective CoP?
  • How does context affect design & function of CoPs?

Beyond CoPs

  • How to reach people beyond your own community?
  • How can CoPs or web 2.0 contribute to solving complex problems, like watershed management or water distribution? To local development? To innovation? To partnering, brokering of contacts between public, private and third sector? To solving multi-stakeholder problems?
  • What is relation to known concepts as Raaks, PTD, institutional development, local development or local innovation? what can be learned mutually?
  • (from post 14-04-06) When does niche community formation become group-think?
  • In what senses is the Internet/information/knowledge a new common good? Is it worth while to compare research on the traditional commons and these modern commons?

On personal learning


  • What is the best way for me to learn about these issues. Is learning from practise and common sense a good way?
  • How does a blog expose your weaknesses / strengths: is the Internet a safe place?
  • is blogging effective for learning?
  • is blogging effective for networking?
  • Will I succeed to engage others in my learning?
  • How to enter the field of CoP adviser? Independent, in a network, or as an employee? What would be my preferred balance between production and research?
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