Cases: Using 7 Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice (working title)

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General Background


Decisions Around Technologies

Designing for Evolution

Inviting Different Levels of Participation

Developing both Public and Private Spaces

Focusing on Value

Combining Familiarity with Excitement

Creating a Rhythm




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till June 30, 2009

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Early 2010

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November 2010

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In this chapter we present a series of community case studies following these 7 principles for cultivating communities of practice:

  1. Design for evolution
  2. Open a dialogue between inside and outside perspectives
  3. Invite different levels of participation
  4. Develop both public and private community spaces
  5. Focus on value
  6. Combine familiarity and excitement
  7. Create a rhythm for the community

(Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002)

The cases will provide a close look at how decisions about community design and technologies to support community activities were made and revised. Framing each case using this set of principles creates a consistent and rich view that will help others involved in online/hybrid communities learn from our experiences.


Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. M. (2002). Cultivating Communities of Practice. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

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