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Community of practice

  • ‘Take time to learn’ in a multi-actor group. This helps to deepen understanding, to enrich designs and to avoid mistakes.
  • Visit the project area with a community of practice involving experts (e.g. in the field of ecology, hydraulic engineering, dredging, governance, policy development) and local stakeholders during the planning phase. Discussions prove to be constructive and important and result in several adjustments to design and process.
  • System representations (mindmaps, causal loop diamgramming) of the issues discussed in CoP meetings assist in reporting the meeting results as they are a snapshot of the community thinking process. They help in the communication of experts with actors in their field of expertise about the problems they face and solutions they see. Maps, figures and schemes help to capture the results of a meeting as they are a snapshot of the community thinking process. They facilitate the communication between experts and actors on the problems and solutions. Also it increases the insight in the lake systems, both in separate relationships and in key variables.
  • Realise that it is difficult to make one system representation of a case that is recognizable for all experts, as each expert will have his/her own perspective on the case.
  • Note that it takes time and effort to develop a common language in the community. Furthermore it is important to discuss in terms of ‘variables’ and cause-effect relationships.


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