It's great to see what looks like a replicable model developing at
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in . I have an internal question. Has the
visible activity and interest in this virtual community enabled you to
do internal surveys across the UN (eg application branches of its global
compact initiatives) in terms of how solution-exchange selects what
focal group debating issues to feature for India's contexts of
developments? (and empowering grassroots communities to connect)
I notice you have chosen many of the thematics that several hundred
people over a week in Delhi's Indira Gandhi National Centre for
Community Cultures in December 2004 at the annual meeting of
www.globalreconciliationnetwork.org kept communing/conversing round most
passionately and openly. Great to see such a harmony
Chris macrae wcbn007@... http://whynotdelhi.blogspot.com
www.valuetrue.com transparency communities
People for Public Broadcasting
Behalf Of Steve Glovinsky
Sent: 21 September 2005 06:03
Subject: RE: R: [cp] Questions
This is Steve Glovinsky from the United Nations Development Programme.
put in place CoPs in my own organization, and over the past year I've
setting them up for development practitioners in India. You can see the
basic sign-up site at www.solutionexchange-un.net.in . We are just
out, but the response has been fantastic. I was anticipating cultural
resistance but it simply hasn't happened, even from staff who work in
bureaucracies - the "risk-takers" at all levels seem happy to speak out.
attribute this to some basic factors: The UN platform lends the site
impartiality. Our network moderators work hard with each contributor to
help them put things constructively, use correct English and provide
encouragement. We are projecting an approach where we explicitly value
knowledge and experience of practitioners, which turns on its head the
traditional paradigm that only published "experts" possess knowledge.
People are motivated to contribute because it is good for their careers
they get noticed by their professional peers. There are also some
design parameters we've put in place, such as no titles in the names
indicate status); CoPs that are generally built up through personal
connections, to build trust; and using moderators who are generally
respected as professional peers in their own right.
But it also may be because India is changing dramatically, and this new
willingness to open up is just part of the positive energy that seems to
pervading all the development endeavours here lately. Like Matt, I plan
introducing Solution Exchanges in other developing countries from next
and should be able to compare.
Happy to provide more details if interested.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
> Behalf Of Matt Moore
> Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 4:43 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Cc: andy@...
> Subject: Re: R: [cp] Questions
> I have been involved with CoP development inside IBM and I think
> we need to
> be specific when we talk about "Asia".
> We have established a community of practice with Indian IBMers with a
> particular client focus across multiple lines of business. And so far,
> levels of involvement, passion and interaction have been fantastic.
> We want to do something similar in China and I think we may face a
> different set of challenges. I think Status issues (who is
> allowed to speak
> to whom and what they are allowed to say) will be important - and I
> some ideas as to how those will be tackled. I'll tell you how we get
> 6 months...
> Matt Moore
> David Mould <fungalguy@...>
> Sent by: email@example.com
> cc ups.com andy@...
> Subject: Re: R: [cp] Questions
> 20/09/2005 11:16 AM
> Please respond to com-prac
> That's a very good question and one I am really struggling with now on
> I have implemented CoP's here in Asia and looking at measures now, one
> then is the qualitative measure of "comfort"
> Part of the problem is the weight applied to Face and Status here and
> really need some advice on how I can jump start the open discussion
> required to enable CoP's to really fly.
> If anyone has any advice on how they can measure the comfort levels of
> people that will certainly help me identify actions that will address
> peoples concerns over saying the wrong thing, saying the right thing
> wrong way or in many cases saying anything at all and rasing my head
> the parapet.
> I'm currently leading by posting questions and sweeteners in order to
> and seed the forums. My thinking being that my starting the
> discussion off
> it will encourage people to join in.
> If anyone has any useful insights and stories they can share with me
> making CoP's work well in Asia then I'm looking for help.
> David Mould
> andy@... wrote:
> I think I may have caught up with you now. Though admittedly I was
> bit of smart ass by simply rewording part of your email as a question.
> So the question I now have is... is the only difference between a
> indivdiuals and a Communitiy of practice that they feel comfortable
> each other questions?
> How do you measure that as a part of a culture of an organisation?
> --- "Rosanna Tarsiero" wrote:
> > Andy,
> > "However, do you think that the challenge is that often we need to
> > understand what is the best way to frame those questions?"
> > That too. But I was more focusing on the fact that asking questions
> > opens up more perspectives than taking a stand, or expressing a
> > mean, a question is just like a lamp: it kinds of lighten the room
> > allowing everybody to see what is there (better: what they can see
> > there), while a statement, an affirmation, a stand is more like a
> > picture/portrait of the room, with all the filters of the
> > that took/did it.
> > Reason for I posted it here (aside from the interconnection between
> > questioning, insights and meaning-generation, that are all "meat"
> > is probably an attempt to *question* assumptions people can
> have on those
> > folks that tend to ask questions (ie: "they are nosey", or "they are
> > doubting me", "they are trying to put me down", etc) and relative
> > (AND over-reactions).
> > I think that basic difference between a real CoP and a
> > self-proclaimed/expert-based one is that in the former questions
> > stands while in the former the reverse is true. Where everybody can
> > without being lectured, newbies can speak and provide fresh insights
> > Rosanna
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