Facilitating communities of practice as social learning systems: a case study of trialling sustainable sanitation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 2017, 15 (3), pp. 391 - 399
Issue Date:
2017-08-31
Full metadata record
Files in This Item:
Filename Description Size
10.1057%2Fs41275-017-0062-x.pdfPublished Version456.8 kB
Adobe PDF
While social learning is advocated as critical for inducing large-scale shifts toward sustainability, methodological issues associated with designing the opportunities for social learning or guidelines for practitioners seeking to facilitate such learning in cross-disciplinary teams working on sustainability-oriented projects are lacking. This paper draws on a two-year pilot project in Sydney, in which government, industry and academic partners collaborated to learn about the development potential of urine diversion (UD) systems in practice. The concept of ‘Communities of Practice’ was used to identify inherent challenges and opportunities for social learning. An outcome of the project has been the identification of overarching principles for designing opportunities for social learning in such projects, particularly the need (1) to facilitate community-oriented leadership, (2) to develop strategic exercises for collaborative engagement and (3) involvement of actors beyond the boundaries of the experiment to introduce novelty, diversity and cumulative learning opportunities.
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: