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Building Learning Communities—Organizational Development by Patrick Conneely, Deborah Voosen

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Sustaining a Learning Community

A learning community is a dynamic, organic entity that requires a continuous supply of energy in order to thrive. While each community is unique, there are some common techniques for infusing energy into communities. Sustaining a successful learning community requires careful matching of techniques with the business goals, the members' need, and the organizational culture. Suggested techniques include the following:

Offer community-building events in a convenient place and at a convenient time to promote networking and provide an opportunity to dialogue about compelling problems.

Offer customized events for subcommunities, such as facilitators or mentors. For example, one community holds lunchtime sessions for ...

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