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Timeline of ADB-Hosted Communities of Practice

Timeline of ADB-Hosted Communities of Practice

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This evolving timeline catalogs major decisions, events, and activities touching ADB-hosted communities of practice since the 1990s.
This evolving timeline catalogs major decisions, events, and activities touching ADB-hosted communities of practice since the 1990s.

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Published by: ADB Knowledge Solutions on Mar 12, 2012
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Creating Value through Knowledge Networks 
TIMELINEOF ADB-HOSTEDCOMMUNITIESOF PRACTICE
 
Communities o practice are groupso people who share a passionor something they know how to doand who interact regularly to learnhow to do it better. By engaging in richconversations in inormal and welcomingsocial environments, they break downcommunication barriers to populateand reerence their knowledgenetwork workspace. By asking,learning, and sharing, they helpmanage tacit knowledge.In varying domains, unctions,and orms, communities o practicecan flter inormation, ampliy ideas,invest and provide resources,convene people, promote communitybuilding, and enhance learning.This provides short- and long-term value to their members and the organizations that host them. The simple act o joiningand being regularly involved in organizedgroups also has a very signifcant impacton individual health and well-being.
Tacit knowledge, i.e., know-how, know-why, and know-who,is hard to ormalize and communicate. One o the challengeso development is how to access and share it.
COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE OFFER A VERSATILE SOLUTION.
 
This is attributed to the culturally varied social and organizationalcapital (experiences, perspectives, insights, competencies,and skills) their members oer and the values (esteem or clients,commitment to achieving poverty reduction, work ethicand integrity, respect or diversity, proessionalism, collaboration,and responsibility) that drive them. By promoting greater andbetter inormed dialogue, and maximizing individual and collectivecontributions, they have come to play a leading role in helpingADB operate smarter or greater development eectiveness.Specifcally, ADB-hosted communities o practice
•Promoteinnovativeapproachestoaddressspecic
development challenges;
•Develop,capture,andtransfergoodpracticesonspecic
 topics by stimulating the active generation and sharingo knowledge;
•Linkdiversegroupsofpractitionersfromdifferentdisciplines
and are thus intertwined with ADB’s organizational structure;
•Serveasanongoinglearningvenueforstaff(andoutside
practitioners) who share similar goals, interests, problems,and approaches; and
•RespondrapidlytoindividualinquiriesfrommembersandADB
clients, audiences, and partners with specifc answers.ADB introduced the concept o communities o practicewhen it reorganized in 2002. Communities o practice receiveda boost in 2009 when ADB decided to empower them under the Action Plan or Knowledge Management, 2009–2011.This timeline* catalogs major decisions, events, and activities touching ADB-hosted communities o practice since the 1990s.
The numerous and diverse communities o practice (CoPs)o the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have become
THE HEART AND SOUL OF KNOWLEDGEGENERATION AND SHARING IN ADB.
* This timeline is not an exhaustive treatment o decisions, events, and activities.

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