Communities of practice LO7453)

Michael McMaster (
Thu, 16 May 1996 06:07:28 +0000

Replying to LO7443 -- (was Bill Hendry)

Bill, I have a comment on what you didn't ask for. That is your need
for leverage and thus taking a "train the trainer" approach.

I'd offer a different terminology and a different approach that might
come from that. At least a different approach to the approach.

If you concentrate on developing a community of practice, or a
community of expertise, or a community of leadership or pick your own
"community of" name, then you will not have the focus of training and
trainers. This latter focus will tend to operate with a view that is
constrained by some existing "community of practice" that is not as
powerful as it might be.

The idea of "train the trainer" lacks
something in distribution, participation, involvement and
self-similarity (to name some of the principles of design for
intelligent organisation that I use).

This is not a post against "train the trainer". I would include
that in the "community of practice" approach. I might refer to it as
"the pursuit of mastery" track rather than train the trainer. This,
again, has more of a community of interest than an external position
and particular education/development model basis.

I think your approach is great! Good luck!

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