Posts By: George Por

Communities of practice and social networks in the enterprise

An increasing number of organizations are informally experimenting with and benefiting from the use of social networks and Web 2.0 tools for business purposes, a new study has found. Conducted jointly by Washington-based think tank Human Capital Institute and talent-management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand, based in Santa Monica, Calif., the study found that more than… Read more »

“Organizational Learning in Tough Economic Times”

A new study on “Organizational Learning in Tough Economic Times” by ASTD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity examined how organizations manage learning in a down economy. When asked how the current economy would shape the content and focus of the learning function within their own organizations, survey respondents indicated some shifting in priorities. “Emphasizing… Read more »

Innovation by communities of practice at Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble, a consumer-goods giant, has created more than 20 “communities of practice” which bring together volunteers from different parts of the company and focus on a specific area of expertise, such as packaging, fragrances or skin science. These groups meet and share ideas, and other employees can put questions to them via the… Read more »

Link up, Tune in, Co-create!

Jim Selman is a pioneer of the field of organizational transformation, and was one of the most influential mentors of my OT consultancy practice in early 90s, when I had a chance to be in frequent conversation with hom, given that both of us were working for the same client. I’ve just discovered his blog… Read more »

Combining social and electronic technologies for large-scale, collaborative meaning making

Large-scale, collaborative meaning making is a vital condition for dealing with crises and turning breakdowns into breakthroughs, locally and globally. To be effective, the social technologies for facilitating that transformation need to be supported by the best what emergent electronic technologies can offer. For example: Imagine to couple Personal Brain with a robust taxonomy-builder and… Read more »

Unconferences, Open Space, and the future of organizational innovation

Many young social and tech innovators believe that if people want to be innovative they have to get out of the organizations. Too much control and permission asking kill the spirit of innovation, as they say. Yet, organizations don’t stay immune to the impact of such tech-enabled, social life forms as communities of practice, knowledge… Read more »

Communities of practice in the European Commission

We have been advising leaders in the European Commission about the developing their strategy for working with CoP, as well as facilitating the learning community coordinators  since the Summer of 2006. CoPs in the Commission come in different forms, sometimes called “knowledge networks,” or just simply “networks.” No matter what their name is, their common… Read more »

European Social Fund collects practices worth to replicate from communities of practice

There are wasteful practices and there are excellent, high-leverage practices of managing the social funds received by the Member States from EU, and anywhere in between the extremes. The difference translates in more or less people are getting vocational re-training in areas struck by modernization, or network of woman entrepreneurs becoming more visible and able… Read more »

The shape of the future site

Dear Visitor, This is our brand new website, hot-off-the-press, but not yet quite ready for its official re-launch on planned for  by May 31st. So, you can see already the shape of the future site but we are are still adjusting its structure, layout and content and learn how to get the best from Drupal,… Read more »