For a good number of years Communities (of Practice, of Interest, of Purpose, etc. etc.) inside of the corporate world weren’t viewed as important and crucial as they eventually are. For a good number of years, while working as a community builder for various different business units, I have been saying that the major driver of the adoption of social software within the Enterprise are actually communities themselves. Nowadays, it looks like things are finally changing and communities are back into the game, and therefore social software is bound to succeed within the corporate environment just because of those living organisms pushing forward their usage and adoption, now more than ever before!
Thus now that your business is, at long last!, looking into the task of setting up a community building program, so it can help further with the adoption of those social networking tools, you may be wondering what interesting resources are available out there, that you could reuse, right? Well, let me help out with that.
I thought I would share with you folks over here a superb presentation that my good friend Steve Dale put together and which he just shared very recently, both over at Slideshare and in a blog post titled: Communities of Practice: Conversations to Collaboration. You can check out the deck over here (Or flip through the embedded slides below) and in it you would be able to find the following topics covered:
- "What is a "Community of Practice" (CoP)?"
- Five steps to a successful CoP
- CoP Facilitation – the magic ingredient
- Case Study – IDeA CoP Project
- Case Study from the private sector"
It is one of those decks that makes for a very interestingly helpful and educational reading, including some real case studies!, if you are new to the topic of Community Building in general and would want to know how to get started with your communities programme inside / outside of the firewall.
Well done, Steve! Thanks much for sharing this lovely presentation with us and for helping pave the ground on how to successfully nurture and facilitate communities within the enterprise world by embracing social software. Excellent stuff!
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