Etienne’s bios

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General-purpose bio (213 words)

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a globally recognized thought leader in the field of social learning theory, communities of practice, and their application to organizations. He has authored and co-authored seminal articles and books on the topic, including Situated Learning, where the term "community of practice" was coined; Communities of Practice: learning, meaning, and identity, where he lays out a theory of learning based on the concept; Cultivating Communities of Practice: a guide to managing knowledge, addressed to practitioners in organizations who want to base their knowledge strategy on communities of practice; and Digital Habitats, which tackles issues related to the use of technology. Etienne’s work is influencing both theory and practice in a wide range of disciplines. Cultivating communities of practice is recognized as a key component of a learning strategy in a rapidly growing number of organizations across private and public sectors, including business, government, international development, healthcare, and education. Etienne helps organizations apply his ideas through consulting, public speaking, and workshops. He is also active in the academic sphere. He regularly speaks at conferences, conducts seminars, and is a visiting professor at the universities of Manchester and Aalborg. He recently received an honorary doctorate from the university of Brighton.


Shorter bio (150 words)

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a globally recognized thought leader in the field of communities of practice, who was featured by Training Magazine in their "A new Breed of Visionaries" series. A pioneer of the "communities of practice" research, he is author and co-author of seminal articles and books on the topic, including Situated Learning, where the term was coined, Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity, where he lays out a theory of learning based on the concept of communities of practice, Cultivating Communities of Practice: a Guide to Managing Knowledge, addressed to practitioners in organizations, and Digital Habitats dealing with issues related to technology. His work as researcher, author, and consultant has influenced both thinking and practice in a wide variety of fields, including business, education, government, and social theory.


Even shorter bio (100 words)

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a global thought leader in the field of communities of practice and social learning systems. He is the author and co-author of seminal books on communities of practice, including Situated Learning, where the term was coined, Communities of Practice: learning, meaning, and identity, where he lays out a theory of learning based on the concept, Cultivating Communities of Practice, addressed to practitioners in organizations who want to base their knowledge strategy on communities of practice, and Digital Habitats on technology for communities. Etienne helps organizations in all sectors apply these ideas through consulting, public speaking, teaching, and research.


Versions of mini-bios

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Version 1

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is an independent researcher, consultant, author, and speaker. He has published seminal books on learning and communities of practice. His work has influenced both theory and practice in many fields, including education, business, government, and the non-profit sector.

Version 2

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is an independent author, practitioner, and thought leader in the field of social learning theory and its application in various sectors, including business, government, international development, healthcare, and education. He is best known for his work on communities of practice and has authored and co-authored seminal books on the topic. He pursues this inquiry through writing, consulting, keynotes, workshops, and visiting positions in universities.

Version 3

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a thought leader and consultant in the field of learning systems. He is the author and co-author of seminal books on communities of practice, including Situated Learning, where the term was coined, Communities of Practice: learning, meaning, and identity, where he lays out a theory of learning based on the concept, Cultivating Communities of Practice, addressed to practitioners in organizations who want to base their knowledge strategy on communities of practice, and Digital Habitats, on technology and communities.

Version 4

Etienne Wenger-Trayner, Ph.D., researcher, author, and consultant, is a recognized pioneer and thought leader in the field of communities of practice and social learning theory. He is the author and co-author of Situated Learning, where the perspective was introduced, Communities of Practice, which lays out the learning theory, Cultivating Communities of Practice, for practitioners in organizations, and Digital Habitats, on technology for communities.


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