Monday, April 12, 2004

Etienne Wenger on Communities of Practice:Engagement, Identity & Innovation
An interview with Etienne Wenger where he discusses the role of Associations and Communities of Practice. I liked the following quote whcih looks at the link betwene learning and knowledge management:
According to Wenger, associations that function solely as a centralized knowledge resource are ignoring the critical role of active engagement in effective learning and knowledge sharing. “Learning is best understood as an interaction among practitioners, rather than a process in which a producer provides knowledge to a consumer,” he says. “If associations view their members as consumers of knowledge produced by the association, they are forgetting that learning means engagement.”

He argues that people do not want to attend the old style courses where knowledge is dispensed rather they want to attend activities where they are engaged.

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