Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavour. They are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and want to do it better.
What are Communities of Practice?
The term "Community of Practice" is relatively new, even though the phenomenon it refers to is age-old. Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavour. They are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and want to do it better.
The Muslim Youthwork Foundation subscribes to the following principles advocated by this theory of practice and learning:
- Learning is fundamentally a social phenomenon - People organize their learning around the social communities to which they belong.
Knowledge is integrated in the life of communities that share values, beliefs, languages, and ways of doing things - these are called communities of practice. Real knowledge is integrated in the doing, social relations, and expertise of these communities.
The processes of learning and membership in a community of practice are inseparable - learning is intertwined with community membership, it is what lets us belong to and adjust our status in the group. As we change our learning, our identity - and our relationship to the communities we belong to can change.
Knowledge is inseparable from practice. It is not possible to know without doing. By doing, we learn.
Empowerment - or the ability to contribute to a community - creates the potential for learning. Circumstances in which we engage in real action that has consequences for both us and our community create the most powerful learning environments.
Developing Communities of Practice as a method of sharing and making best use of grounded expertise will be advocated by the Foundation through a series of regional workshops and further training opportunities. The first workshops will be led by Etienne Wenger, he has been instrumental in conceptualising and pioneering this way of working for networks and organisations.
Hear MY Voice | Advisory Forum
Hear MY Voice is looking to set up an advisory forum of young Muslims aged 16-30 who will support and shape the role of the organisation. They will act as a consultative group around projects as well as the expansion and development of the organisation.
We are looking for young people from all over England who will meet every 3 months. You must be creative with your ideas, full of energy and have a firm belief in youth led projects. No prior experience is necessary however you must be willing to learn new skills.
So if you think you have something to contribute and would like to play a role in shaping youth work with Muslim Young People then please contact Tasneem Mahmood on 07971 930655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hear MY Voice Website
Crossing Boundaries is a project that was set up in response to the London 7/7 bombings. The fundamental aims of the Crossing Boundaries Project is to involve work with other groups and agencies; with the purpose of bringing together Young People from a whole range of different backgrounds, cultures and faith perspectives; with a view to creating a safe space for discussion, conversation, debate and interaction. The project has resulted in numerous youth-led international trips and residentials.