Participation and leadership
The first horizontal pair of perspective arrows are within the circle of the community. The reason for participation, the “what’s in it for me,” the learning imperative of members is the foundation of the social energy of a community of practice. But having members who are ready to go the extra mile to nurture the community is a key success factor.
Sponsorship and support
These need not be, and usually are not, performed by members. Note that these seven elements also indicate what to pay attention to when attempting to cultivate communities of practice. They are developmental elements. In summary, they address the following questions typical of a social discipline of learning:
- What is the partnership about?
- Who should be at the table?
- What should they do together?
- How are they going to benefit?
- Who will take leadership?
- Who are the external stakeholders?
- Where are resources for support?