An Emerging Community of Practice

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and they learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
— Etienne Wenger- Cultivating Communities of Practice, 2002

Central to EHCCO’s approach is the formation and support of a diverse and emergent community of practice whose members represent clinical and non-clinical health professionals, conflict engagement specialists, dispute resolution and organization development professionals, patients and patient advocates, academicians and researchers, policy-makers, regulators, lawyers, and artists.

Our community has been developing for more than a decade and continues to provide opportunities for personal growth, professional dialogue, and generation of innovative approaches for transforming the culture of healthcare.

A Learning Community

As a learning community dedicated to the transformation of healthcare organizations, we explore emerging approaches for addressing conflict and complex issues as a means of building capacity for effective interprofessional engagement.  We emphasize a sense of belonging combined with open inquiry to support growth and learning among individuals and groups. We encourage deep learning in the midst of laughter and human connection.

As a community of practice, we engage in joint activities and discussions, host retreats, support collective efforts, share information, convene dialogues, create training programs, highlight the successes of our members, and we link experts with those who are seeking consultation from experienced practitioners.

Membership is open to all interested participants and requires only a conscious choice to engage through one of our programs, retreats, and occasional virtual discussions.


Community Gatherings...

From time to time, we host conferences, retreats and think tanks to bring our community together. Here are highlights from some of the past gatherings of our emerging community...

Half Moon Bay Think Tank, 2005 Click for a copy of the final report

Half Moon Bay Think Tank, 2005

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Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare, 2004 Click for a copy of the final report

Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare, 2004

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An Intentional Conversation about Conflict Resolution in Healthcare- Hamline University School of Law, 2007 Click for link to final report

An Intentional Conversation about Conflict Resolution in Healthcare- Hamline University School of Law, 2007

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Creating Cultures of Engagement in Heatlhcare, 2008 Click for final report

Creating Cultures of Engagement in Heatlhcare, 2008

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EHCCO Community of Practice Gathering- 2010 See the Digital Media tab for video interviews from some of our community members!

EHCCO Community of Practice Gathering- 2010

See the Digital Media tab for video interviews from some of our community members!