Guiding Principles for Communities of Practice
Each KMEF Community of Practice is expected to:
  • Self-manage through the establishment of a governance model, community conventions, a code of conduct , shared leadership and facilitation, and open membership
    • ensure that it has open and public membership guidelines
    • ensure that there is open communication among all members of the group
    • ensure that the thought leaders on their topics are invited to participate
    • afford each and every member opportunities to grow and learn from others – in an open, productive and constructive environment
    • continuously grow their membership and invite participation from outside the immediate community – to build broad based support and to ensure broad advice and review
    • make it easy for members to contribute to the community as their interest and experience allow
    • Develop, record and communicate a vision around its core question
    • Report on its progress against its goals at the end of November 2011, and preferably more frequently and sooner than that;
    • Propose a set of questions and issues to be addressed in KMEF 2012

KMEF CoP’s strive to:
  • actively work through road blocks, challenges and problems with the goal of “resolution” - to identify and reach consensus and agreement
  • support constructive disagreement while maintaining a respectful and professional environment
  • synthesize existing and create new knowledge through collaboration and joint learning
  • view problems and breakdowns not as causes for alarm, but as opportunities for creativity
  • welcome new ideas and plan for growth and evolution of their topics in the future
  • practice active listening and productive inquiry
  • to the best of its members abilities and interests, define community products, outcomes and timelines
  • design and support activities and events which retain members’ interests

KMEF CoP Facilitators are responsible for:
  • guiding each community and for communicating activities and progress, or need for support and advice, to the two co-leads at George Washington University and Kent State University.
  • Communicating with the other Communities of Practice to ensure cross-pollination of ideas and alignment of outputs and outcomes.