“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better.” —Etienne Wenger
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. As of 2019 there are over 70 members of the Perpetual Beta Coffee Club. Members are from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, 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 30 days. 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 will offer more services to meet demand.
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 — now weekly during the global pandemic — web video sessions to converse and discuss topics of professional interest.