“Communities of practice emerge in the social space between project teams and knowledge networks.” —Verna Allee
In January 2018 I started the ‘coffee club’ as a professional community of practice focused on work and learning. We have a private community space for the members, who pay $10 per month — the price of coffee for two. Now there are about 70 members of the Perpetual Beta Coffee Club.
Members are from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, & USA.
We have a private discussion forum and I host live web video chats monthly. Dates and times are arranged by a monthly poll of members. These are recorded and available for a week afterwards. We try to ensure that what is discussed inside the coffee club stays there. It is intended to be a trusted space. As the club grows, I offer more services to meet demand, such as free copies of the perpetual beta series.
While the main focus is workplace learning, we talk about whatever interests our members — books, democracy, leadership, media, etc.
If you are looking for a trusted space to share ideas and learn from fellow professionals, please join us.
Here is what we talk about on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hjarche/lists/pbcc/
We have more in-depth conversations in the community
What do you get?
- Support my continued free public writing on this blog (since 2004).
- A private space for deeper discussions of importance to you.
- A global community of practice — it’s like a professional safety net.
- Monthly web video sessions to converse and discuss topics of professional interest.