Scrutinizing the discourses that flatter our own interests
Understanding how craft communities of practice get stuck.
Communities of practice form when common areas of concerns or interests unite social units; they interact regularly and share a common vocabulary. And, even without acknowledging the activity, they often learn with and from one another in the process.
These socially involved groups generate essential and valuable information and knowledge through regular interactions, exchanges, and cooperation.
Understanding the function and dynamics of communities of practice helps improve online learning communities focused on advancing knowledge and learning in the art, craft, and design communities.
The biggest challenge within communities of practice is that they sometimes create and perpetuate identities that flatter their interests. And, by doing so, they short-circuit the advancement of knowledge and learning within the community in the process.
Maybe this process sounds familiar?