Saturday, September 30, 2006

Practical example: the value of the Poverty Analysis Community for the World Bank


Via Elsua I found and was able to watch the 14-minutes video with Ludovick Leon Shirima, community leader of the Poverty Analysis Community (PAC) interviewing Frannie Leautier, the World Bank Vice President. You can view it too here

You can watch it in 4 separate parts too:
- The PAC and knowledge sharing
- What does the PAC add to the World Bank?
- The PAC benefits for the World Bank?
- What is the impact of the PAC community of practice on World Bank clients?

Some highlights: The whole approach of communities of practice is based on the idea that people get knowledge around the coffee machine, and hence CoPs work to make learning easy and flexible.The thematic groups (the CoPs in the World Bank) deal with immediately relevant and available knowledge. Lessons learned flow from the CoP into the World Bank. It hence helps the World Bank to learn from the outside.

How to keep people interested if they are not meeting face-to-face (from the interview you'd assume the PAC functions completely virtually)? If you have a good topic or domain and real practitioners, you can create excitement with real creation of ideas. If you have this, you can manage to keep people connected and create more value in the long run. You keep people connected to each other and the materials. Plus you can identify knowledge gaps easily by the CoP.

Impact on clients of the World Bank can be enhanced by linking the CoP to other CoPs. It is important to make sure members of the CoP are linked to changes and policy discussion. They could work with the media and hence disseminate the agenda.

2 comments:

Luis Suarez said...

Hi Joitske ! Thanks a lot for the feedback comments and for the linking the weblog posts. Terrific stuff. I must say that when I was writing the weblog post I was thinking about you and your weblog as someone who would be interested in the topic overall and I am surely glad that you have made that connection between both weblog posts because your points are always so spot on ! Like, for instance, this particular quote:

"The whole approach of communities of practice is based on the idea that people get knowledge around the coffee machine, and hence CoPs work to make learning easy and flexible.The thematic groups (the CoPs in the World Bank) deal with immediately relevant and available knowledge"

I surely agree with you 100%. That is what communities are all about. People are social beings and as such they always have a tendency to want to connect to people than with resources so having CoPs in every single KM program is a healthy way to keep those connections and networks up and running. Certainly worth while from the perspective that people are more willing to share with others their knowledge than to store it elsewhere and this videocast just proves that point of how you can have a virtual CoP becoming a fundamental key resource for a business in order to help spark different conversations and collaboration between community members.

Thanks again for the feedback !

Joitske Hulsebosch said...

Thanks!