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Can passion and commitment compete with restructure?

I had a meeting last week, well more of a get together of community facilitators fromCommitment across my organisation.  We had lots to talk about mainly around the migration of communities for the CoP platform to the up coming Knowledge Hub.

And all of this happening at the same time the public sector is going through huge restructures and potentially 500,00 job losses.

Everyone realised that many of the key communities, not just the ones led by us but many led by Local Authorities where at risk due to many reasons, such as programmes being cut, loss of key facilitators to the organisation or the core active members may no longer have jobs in the area work.

But even with all the upheaval, you can really see the passion of the facilitators.

And even if things change they still want to be part of the community and where possible pass the baton onto someone else.

For those communities that maybe nearing the end of it’s lifecycle we suggested four ideas of what could happen to them

  • Close the community
  • Close the community and leave a legacy
  • Merge with another community
  • Transfer the ownership of the community

For the ones that will be staying I hope they continue to be successful.

Talking of success.  We have just started our second CoP of the Year award which went down really well last year.

Where we celebrate success in 3 categories

  • Innovation and creativity – Demonstrating an innovative and creative use for a CoP or innovation and creativity within a CoP
  • Efficiency through collaboration – A CoP that has led to specific time and cost savings for its members and their organisations (can include the host/facilitator’s organisation)
  • Effective facilitation team – Demonstrates effective and successful management of a community of practice by a team of facilitators

Last year we even had an article written about it by Headstar

And just as a reminder to me about how important it has been to celebrate success and to see the passion that the facilitators have.  I noticed this on the wall behind one of my colleagues. 

From Communities and Knowledge

Before we started CoP of the Year we had an internal monthly ToP of the CoP award scheme where a small trophy would be passed around the organisation.  We used to get phones call before the end of the month from facilitators wanting to know if they had won. And this led onto the CoP of the Year award.

But I do remember someone saying that Communities of Practice have a habit of surviving organisational restructures.

And on a last note talking about passion my colleague Charlotte is upping sticks and moving down under and after 3 or 4 attempts of interviewing her about being a Community Facilitator and failing due to all the arm waving

Charlotte summed it up by saying

As a facilitator of CoPs I’ve seen the power of nurturing a network. I’ve seen that it’s not about pumping out comms, but taking a step back. Helping the community connect with members and knowledge that they didn’t know were there.

I have learnt a lot. I write more; I’ve started blogging; I use twitter.@charliegirlhay I have built up skills that I can now (hopefully) apply in any future role.

As a member, the CoPs have enabled me to connect with a wider network of people online. Offline, being a member of the CoP has been a great way to break the ice particularly at events.

What else? I have learnt so much about the complex world of local government through the eyes, ears and discussions of other members. I have an understanding of what works and what doesn’t. I have learnt that successes can be big or small.

So if you’re in need of a great Community Facilitator there’s one going spare in a few weeks time in Australia

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