Understanding and developing communities of practice through diagramming

Blackmore, Chris; Foster, Natalie; Collins, Kevin and Ison, Ray (2017). Understanding and developing communities of practice through diagramming. In: Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andy eds. Mapping environmental sustainability: reflecting on systemic practices for participatory research. London: Policy Press, pp. 155–182.

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[Editors’ introduction]

In this chapter the authors draw on their experiences over many years of research into social learning systems. They focus particularly on communities of practice as social learning systems and reflect on their experiences of using diagramming to map and share understandings and develop knowledge in such systems, mainly in the context of water governance and in the context of climate change. The authors have used diagramming techniques as a core part of their research, building on a range of systemic and participatory traditions that are a prime focus of this book. They explain and reflect on how their experiences with diagrams have been an essential part of various action-oriented research processes that have been designed to take a systemic approach to understanding the institutional, biophysical, social and economic dynamics associated with managing water resources, climate adaption and the related issues of governance

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