Cultivating Communities of Practice : The learning tool

Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. – Etienne Wenger-Trayner

The term “community of practice” is of relatively recent coinage and it does provide us a useful perspective on knowing and learning. A growing number of people and organizations in various sectors are now focusing on communities of practice as a key to improving their performance. Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor: a tribe learning to survive, a band of artists seeking new forms of expression, a group of engineers working on similar problems, a clique of pupils defining their identity in the school, a network of surgeons exploring novel techniques, a gathering of first-time managers helping each other cope. Learning definitely takes a new turn , when it becomes more dynamic, more participative, more people based .

A community of practice can be viewed as a social learning system. Could organizations leverage this learning tool? As organizations become more flat, as operating in virtual reality is the need of the hour, as connect with each other becomes a global need..Could organizations benefit from CoP[Communities of Practice] . What could organizations do to cultivate this learning tool ? Know more as the expert panelists discuss and share their perspectives.
Join us while India HR LIVE sets the stage for eminent speakers, HR thought leaders and Global guests for a LIVE panel discussion on ‘Cultivating Communities of Practice : The learning tool’ on May 20th, Tuesday at 8pm IST / 9.30 am CST /10.30 am EST.

Meet our Guests!!

Sunder RamachandranSunder Ramachandran

Senior Training Manager with JLT Group


Sunder is a Senior Training Manager with JLT Group, one of the world’s largest providers of insurance and employee benefits consultants. His articles on workplace learning have appeared in Indian & International media including The Economic Times, Hindu Business Line, Times Ascent, National HRD Newsletter,,,, Human Capital and He is passionate about social learning & through his blog (Learning experiments –, he reflects on how learning leaders can respond to this mobile & cloud first world.

Ellora_pandaEllora Panda

Facilitator, Knowledge Management enhancer, Social Media enthusiast and blogger


Ellora  social media enthusiast and  NLP Practitioner has been associated with organizations like TCS and Idea Cellular Ltd. In  her last assignment she was heading the Learning and Development division for Eastern India in Idea Cellular Ltd. Passionate about leveraging social media for development , she is the founder member of the  L and D group in Facebook with 12,00 plus members and is the editor of the global e-newsletter Ekakshara. A blogger and an avid reader she is also the event coordinator for IndiaHRLIVE. Her articles and writings find a place in national and international journals specially on Building Emotionally Intelligent Leaders, Communication with Emotional Intelligence etc. Stay Connected through Facebook LinkedIn .

Surya PMalhotraSurya Prakash Mohapatra

HP GBS India Knowledge and Capability Head


The World HRD Congress recently recognized Surya Prakash Mohapatra, HP GBS India Knowledge and Capability Head as one of the 25 Most Talented Training & Development Leaders in the world. Surya is also the moderator of our Learning and Development Community and a member in Ekakshara editorial board. Surya has over 18 + years of experience in various leadership roles in several leading IT and ITES organizations.He has led leadership development, capability building and talent management efforts in various organizations.  Surya speaks regularly in various national and international forums on topics related to HR, Learning and Development, Corporate Culture and Spirituality. His articles have been published in various journals and magazines.

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