On blogs and CoP’s

Joitske Hulsebosch blogged about the potential of using blogs with communities of practices (Cop’s). Joitske gives four very useful ways in which blogs can support CoP’s but I just want to focus on one of them. Quoting Joitske:

“A weblog with summaries of discussions can be a repository for the community. An example is the weblog Everything you always wanted to know about capacity development . It is a weblog from ICCOcapacity building advisor”.

Using a blog as a repository for summaries of debate and rich content is a great idea. Some threads in a vigorous discussion in a CoP can be lost in the rumble-tumble of debate. Sometimes the debate is at such an intellectual depth that a summary of the salient points would be a nice feature to have to bring the level of discussion into a broader realm of understanding. This latter point was highlighted for me with a sterling debate among three key protagonists on actkm recently – a debate I really enjoyed but at times found difficult to follow (not helped by my part-time tracking of this exchange at one of my contract jobs).

I liked the thinking behind Joitske’s use of blogs to support CoP’s. As a result, I am doing some thinking of my own as to how weaving narrative into the blog summary may be used to create another dimension to understanding rich content.


5 responses to “On blogs and CoP’s

  1. Hi Brad,

    Nancy White suggests a wiki for distilling discussions…ie the need to reconstruct threads from forum, email conversations, blog conversations into nice visible packages.
    I think the gardener role in social media is paramount, I’m finding that distributed blog and twitter conversations can only be manually threaded together…
    There is so much good stuff in email silos, and I’d say the same about forums, etc…even though they are public (not siloed) we still need to bring to the front, neaten up, and showcase the good stuff.
    Put it in a wiki and blog about it, or just put it in a blog full stop…the CIA uses a flow and stock approach


  2. John,

    The gardener role is indeed important. Sometimes there is so much tacit knowledge being made explicit in wikis and discussion forums and listservs that the meaning can sometimes be lost without spending the time to make sense of it all.

    Funnily enough, I mentioned the wiki issue for KM4Dev that Nancy blogged about in my previous blog post!

    Thanks for your comment.

  3. Hi Brad, thanks for crossposting this! For me, it’s become a ‘normal model’, but surprisingly, hardly anyone thinks about such a combination. Like in Nancy’s post, it took some effort to introduce the idea, and I did the first 15 blogposts.

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