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Our new book on “Learning in Landscapes of Practice” was published by Routledge in July. For us, the book is a significant milestone both theoretically and practically.

Theoretically it represents a new step in the evolution of the theory:

  • We focus on landscapes of practice, rather than single communities or networks as a key locus of social learning capability.
  • We introduce the concept of knowledgeability as an outcome of learning with respect to a landscape, which includes a lot of practices in which one cannot claim competence. Theoretically knowledgeability is a landscape-level counterpart to the concept of competence, which is defined at the level of communities of practice.

These are significant developments, whose full implications we are now exploring in our current writing.

Practically we identify the role of systems conveners. These are people who work at the landscape level to enable new forms of social learning capability. We involve people we are working with to explore the role:

  • We discuss key dimensions of the role: its challenges, the traits of people who do this, and what a social learning approach looks like.
  • We co-author two case studies of ambitious systems convening projects.

In addition to our chapters, our co-authors use stories to explore various aspects of living a landscape of practice, including the emotional and political dimensions of boundary crossing, brokering, multimembership, and visiting practices along one’s journey.

Wonder how these developments resonate with you?