“Great list of resources to explore the future of learning/future of work.”
This is the feedback I got after I tweeted this blog post with Rachel. Indeed it is about developing ourselves to engage ourselves and people worldwide from our local city. Building a relationship and using technology makes that possible.
Whether we use asynchronous or synchronous ways, it is about just doing it. Over time, we can better develop people in any team, network, organization, or community – in person and remotely, methinks. Rachel Happe, the founder of Engaged Organizations, underlines that:
“Communities are, at their core, the way people have always come together to learn. They provide the space, relationships, collisions, and trust necessary to create shared meaning, to iterate on emergent ideas, and to norm new patterns and behaviours.”
It matters more than ever in an uncertain, complex, and changing world. Communities, especially communities of practice and learning communities, give us a safe, trusted space to experiment and make sense as we feel seen and heard. I have joined a few global communities in which I participate.
Perpetual Beta Coffee Club
After I completed the remote workshop ‘Personal Knowledge Mastery ‘, I was invited by Harold to join and participate via Slack in the Perpetual Beta Coffee Club, the global community of practice focused on workplace learning and distributed work:
“Members are from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, & USA.
We have a private discussion forum and I host live web video chats monthly. Dates and times are arranged by a monthly poll of members. These are recorded and available for a week afterwards. We try to ensure that what is discussed inside the coffee club stays there. It is intended to be a trusted space. As the club grows, I will offer more services to meet demand.
While the main focus is workplace learning, we talk about whatever interests our members — books, democracy, leadership, media, etc.”
Read my #PKMastery Series to learn more about our activities through the Personal Knowledge Mastery workshop and the Perpetual Beta Coffee Club.
Engagement: monthly and quite active via Slack and video calls. Via Mastodon and Linkedin with some members.
The Community Roundtable Academy
I explore the community management space’s latest practices through a few podcasts, a newsletter, blog posts, and online courses from top-notch professionals from the community management space. I am certified because I dived deep into two online courses from The Community Roundtable Academy. Read one more in the Community Series.
Engagement: through the academy platform. When time allows.
Klara Loots host the weekly gathering via Zoom and WhatsApp on self-development, creativity and learning. Members are on several continents and countries: South Africa, the UK, New Zealand and France. One theme, one activity live and asynchronous when a slot emerges collectively.
Read my exploratory series to discover more about the ways and activate my exploration on my own and with fellow explorers.
Engagement: monthly or quarterly. When time permits.
Before I share more about this community, let me share a few words about the Foresight Essentials Community. I am certified after completing and participating in the online courses Ready, Set, Future! Introduction to Futures Thinking and Life After COVID-19: Get Ready for our Post-Pandemic Future, which Jane McGonigal brings from the Institute For The Future. They are both pretty good starting points for anyone interested in foresight essentials. Read more in my blog post on this topic.
I am an alumnus of this foresight community of IFTF Certified Practitioners. It was active through frequent meetups, webinars, a newsletter and if we want to further specializations via other online courses via Coursera. Read my futures thinking series to learn more about the emergent practices and mindset I have learned and used.
Now few thoughts on the Urgent Optimists Community.
“Urgent Optimists is Institute for the Future’s first individual membership program. We’re bringing together people who want to feel authentically hopeful about the Future, and who are working to create positive transformation in society and their own lives.“
A global community of practice on Mighty Networks hosted by Jane McGonigal, research director at IFTF. Joined in February 2022 and a founding member of the Urgent Optimists Community. Consider joining us to develop your imagination, deep collaboration and creativity.
Engagement: dormant since Q4 2022 and in 2023.
Examining Global Communities
Below are visuals I created to examine the impacts of global online communities.