At the heart of our work here at TCC is to build communities of care and practice. A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who “share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”. Communities of practice share the following qualities:
- Shared Domain: A CoP is not merely a club of friends or a network of connections between people. It has an identity defined by a shared domain of interest.
- The Community: In pursuing their interest in their domain, members engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build relationships that enable them to learn from each other; they care about their standing with each other.
- The Practice: Members of a community of practice are practitioners. They develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice. This takes time and sustained interaction.
The idea being that by collectively pondering, considering and supporting each other we can wrangle with the issues of our times and build ways to re-think, re-imagine and re-invent our lives and our contexts.
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