CPsquare is an international community of practice on communities of practice. We are a non-profit membership organization that brings together practitioners from all sectors, including industry, government, education, and civic and non-profit organizations.
Our goal is to advance the practice of community-based approaches to learning and knowledge. We seek both practical know-how and a deeper understanding of the principles underlying our practice. To this end, we foster exchanges among practitioners, collect resources, and conduct practice-development projects.
CPsquare members include community coordinators, technologists, consultants, academics, and executives. Members have organized sub-communities—called “practice groups”—on a number of topics, including: the role of the coordinator, collaborative technologies, and launching a knowledge initiative.
Other practice groups are focusing on sector-specific issues in areas such as education, healthcare, and government. Practice group members solve problems together in “case clinics,” and they learn and work together to build, share, and apply new tools and frameworks.
Online workspace—called the Members’ Workspace—for accessing and publishing articles, cases, tools, presentations, and event transcripts; or for looking up members with shared interests and discussing ideas together.
We believe communities of practice are at the heart of any organization’s knowledge strategy. We also believe communities of practice serve purposes that go beyond single organizations—helping to foster learning, innovation, and community in all areas of our lives.
We launched in February 2003. Our community is growing rapidly and as reported in the recent CPnews, we are learning much along the way. We hope you will join us.
Video: Positive Deviance
A collection of videos on Positive Deviance.
Positive Deviance (PD) is an approach to behavioral and social change based on the observation that in every community there are individuals or groups of people (so called Positive Deviants) whose behaviours and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers even though they have access to the same resources and face similar challenges.
In the international development and health sectors, PD has been used to address issues as diverse as childhood malnutrition, neo-natal mortality, girl trafficking, school drop-out, female genital mutilation (FGM), MRSA infections in hospitals and HIV/AIDS.
CPsquare The community of practice on communities of practice
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The Gurteen Knowledge Community is a global learning community
of over 21,000 people in 160 countries across the world.
The community is for people who are committed to making a difference:
people who wish to share and learn from each other and who strive to see
the world differently, think differently and act differently.
Membership of the Gurteen Knowledge Community is free.