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KM4Dev Seattle Communities of Practice Workshop April 6-7 2017
La Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza
Seattle, WA
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KM4Dev Seattle Communities of Practice Workshop April 6-7 2017
In 2013 a group of KM4Dev practitioners with less ability to travel to Europe or other locations for KM4Dev F2F gatherings convened a two-day gathering to share practices, ask and offer peer support and generate that intangible connection that a F2F affords. 4 years later we are hosting a second gathering, this time focus on Communities of Practice.

Our goal is to share practical experiences of the application of Communities of Practice (CoPs) and explore what is working, not working, when and why or why not. As practitioners, we will share stories and cases on day 1 to extract patterns and insights with a particular focus on the purpose of a CoP in a particular context, its fitness for purpose and practices that support success. On day 2, we will host CoP leading thinkers, Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner to share their Value Creation Framework to help us identify and measure value created by communities and networks. Together, the two days will link the essential anchor of purpose, with an emerging framework for assessing our progress towards purpose.

This is a practitioners workshop, using examples and experience, bolstered by theory. It is not a "CoP's Introductory" workshop nor a review of CoP theory. Come with your real world stories, challenges and insights, prepared to share, think, and make sense of our work. We will use a variety of participatory methods, many drawn from Liberating Structures http://www.liberatingstructures.com/, to engage and unleash the knowledge and energy of everyone present.

We will gather from 8:30am - 5:00 pm each day in the brand new Centilia Cultural Center at Plaza Roberto Maestas http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/room-rentals/, hosted by the long time Seattle institution, El Centro de la Raza. In the south end of Seattle, steps away from a Light Rail station, the Center itself is a hub of community and network activity of the Latino community in the area. Coffee and light snacks will be provided during breaks. People can fan out to sample local cuisine on their own at lunch.

** Day 1 - Learning With and From Each Other **
Bring your stories, questions, techniques, challenges as we make sense of how we have used CoPs in international development cooperation. Where are they fit for purpose? Where have they failed? Why and how do we know?

* PURPOSE: Cases and Stories shared through Shift and Share http://www.liberatingstructures.com/11-shift-share/
* PRACTICE: Harvest of patterns, insights and challenges with Nine Whys http://www.liberatingstructures.com/3-nine-whys/ and Wicked Questions http://www.liberatingstructures.com/4-wicked-questions/
* Lunch on your own - sample the great local Latino food at area restaurants
* PRACTICE: Dive deeper with Open Space http://www.liberatingstructures.com/25-open-space-technology/
* PURPOSE: What patterns can best support our work going forward? Summary and identification of ideas, big, bold, small, and immediate.

The evening will be an informal "going out to dinner in groups" around Seattle.

** Day 2 - Learning to make a difference: a framework
With Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner **
We have a fabulous opportunity to host a rare public workshop with Bev and Etienne. We welcome both KM4Dev and non members to join us for this or both days. Here is Bev and Etienne's description of the workshop:

"The value created by learning in communities of practice or networks is not always easy to articulate in ways that make sense to participants, sponsors, and stakeholders. Yet it is something that needs to be done, not only for monitoring and evaluation, but also for optimizing the learning of the community.

We have developed a value-creation framework (http://wenger-trayner.com/resources/publications/evaluation-framework/)  that focuses on how social learning makes a difference in the world via its effect on practice. The framework helps structure convincing accounts of the value of social learning by framing learning in terms of different cycles of value creation and loops between them. It integrates quantitative and qualitative data and can be used by professional evaluators as well as participants.

The framework is relevant through the lifecycle of a community or network. It can be used for articulating aspirations/conditions and risk/mitigation pairs for planning purposes. Closing ongoing value-creation loops between activities and practice then helps members fine-tune their learning as they go. And combining value-creation stories with monitored indicators brings rigor to the process of showing the value to participants and stakeholders. While originally developed for social learning in communities of practice and networks, the framework has been adopted for other contexts where social learning takes place, such as projects, workshops, and conferences.

We will present the framework and then take people through each of its cycles in relation to a project they are working on (or are about to start). It will be a chance to experience the usefulness of thinking of social learning as cycles of value-creation by applying the discipline of the framework to a familiar context."


La Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza (View)
2524 16th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98144
Seattle, WA 98144
United States



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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