Communities of Practice Charter
Knowledge Management Education Forum is an open community of individuals and organizations who are interested in advancing knowledge management education and professional status. The purpose of this note is to let you all know that KMEF is now moving into its third phase – expanding and supporting Communities of Practice (CoPs). Many of you were involved in the first two Phases. The results of the first two Phases – KMEF webinars and the on-site event at George Washington University -- were very encouraging, and give high hopes for similar results in Phase 3. If you are new to KMEF, though, you can find the full archives at Webinar Archives.
KMEF Phase 1 (online webinars by thought leaders) and Phase 2 (panels and interactive discussions) raised important questions about the future direction of knowledge management profession – including functions and roles and responsibilities, competencies, model curricula, credentialing and certification. What are impressive are the inclusive, thoughtful, considerate, consultative, open and well-grounded discussions that have transpired in the first two phases. KMEF Phase 3 continues this dialog and this positive tone of the conversation.
Phase 3 is a very important phase. Phase 3 involves the launching of Communities of Practice (CoPs) -- made up of knowledge management practitioners, academics, and any other interested parties -- to address the key questions identified by KMEF participants. Four initial Communities of Practice are forming. The four CoPs are listed below with their URL’s:


The Communities of Practice will be the primary engine for Phase 3. They will be user- and consensus-driven, genuinely representative of the Knowledge Management community. Several individuals have stepped up to support the Communities of Practice and their contact information can be found on the wikis for the CoP’s.
Expectations for Participation and Ways of Working: Anyone, anywhere, regardless of their credentials and experience can join this discussion. Progress is made incrementally and as a group effort. In true KM fashion, each community defines its own conventions and ways of working. In general, communities are encouraged to seek broad input and to promote their work to the larger KM community. Similarly, communities are encouraged to reference, integrate, build upon and synthesize existing thought and knowledge. A draft “Guiding Principles (GP)” document should be provided to each community as a starting point. Each community can expand or edit the GP’s to suit their conventions. Each community should publish its own GP’s as a first activity.
Expectations for Results: The most important result of the communities of practice is to continue and sustain the dialog that began in March 2011.
There are two formal outputs expected from each community:
  1. A briefing to the larger KMEF community no later than end November, 2011 on the state of the community’s work; and
  2. The key questions and issues that should be carried forward for KMEF 2012. At that time, communities can decide to renew their activities, or disband.
As the communities move forward, new issues and questions will come up. New Communities of Practice can be formed at any time as long as they are focused on education for Knowledge Management.