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  1. The practice of learning citizenship • A vision for the Mandel community Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner Mandel Graduate Unit Conference December 22, 2011

  2. An invitation This conference ... Our journey ... • Professional identity • The mission of the Mandel graduates • Personal level: learning citizenship • System level: social learning capability Explore the possibilities …

  3. Landscapes of practice a social body of knowledge

  4. Knowledgeability Negotiating identity in a complex landscape

  5. Knowledgeability Negotiating identity in a complex landscape Training Professional body Research discipline 1 Regulatory body Research discipline 2 Workplace Alumni Client

  6. Knowledgeability Negotiating identity in a complex landscape Training Professional body Research discipline 1 Regulatory body Research discipline 2 Workplace Alumni Client

  7. Knowledgeability Negotiating identity in a complex landscape Informal curriculums Wikipedia Institutes Training Google Professional body Research discipline 1 NGO’s Twitter Research discipline 2 Regulatory body Bloggers Alumni Workplace Personal networks Client Communities of practice Informal communities

  8. Knowledgeability Negotiating identity in a complex landscape An increasingly complex landscape entails a shift in the burden of identity from the community to the person

  9. Social learning capability the challenge of social systems in the 21st century

  10. Social learning capability core-boundary principle In-depth practice Active boundary The learning capability of a social system lies in its dynamic combination of deep practices and active boundaries

  11. Social learning spaces shaping the learning capability of social systems

  12. Types of social learning spaces Projects Networks Sociallearning spaces Conversations Communities of practice Conferences Workshops

  13. Communities of practice: a central type of social learning space A community of practice is ... … a self-governed learning partnership among people, who • share challenges, passion or interest • interact regularly • learn from and with each other improve their ability to do what they care about In gangs… • they learn to survive on the streets • In organizations… • they provide better service to clients

  14. Communities of practice across sectors Ontario leading municipalities provincial service organizations PEM   PAL

  15. Communities of practice as vehicles for social learning capability Taking learning to scale Getting help with challenges Learning across projects Learning from others Reflecting on practice Addressing/crossing boundaries Cooperating on innovation Dealing with complexity of landscape Integrating vertical/horizontal Stewarding an idea or aspiration Giving voice to marginal Developing new leadership

  16. REFLECTIONon personal experience of social learning spaces and communities of practice • When have you experienced a community of practice? • When did it work well? When did it not work well? • What did you gain from it?

  17. Learning citizenship a social ethic of learning and identity

  18. Acts of learning citizenship contributing identity trajectory listening questioning position Learning citizenship Legitimacy Action experience brokering skills convening social artistry moving on

  19. REFLECTIONon personal experiences of acts of learning citizenship • When have you experienced an act of learning citizenship • - your own or someone else’s? • What made it possible? What happened? • What did it lead to?

  20. REFLECTION possible visions for the practice of learning citizenship Mandel graduatesthe practice of learning citizenship in the context of being a Mandel graduate

  21. Thank you • Toda ‫תודה ‬ Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner www.wenger-trayner.com