CoP - ten steps

Booklet: ten steps for a successful Community of Practice

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This booklet is designed for initiators, organisers and facilitators of Communities of Practice (CoP). Potential participants can also read this booklet to get an impression of what a CoP is.

Many of the given examples come from the world of sustainable development. That is the area of focus. But the steps are applicable in a wide range of sectors.

CoP from start to finish

A wealth of knowledge about CoPs is available in books and on the internet. However, we found little to no information on how to set up your own CoP from start to finish. Who do you ask to participate? How do you ensure that you’re actually developing something new?


The booklet describes the elements that the writers believe belong in a CoP and should be included in its preparation. It provides guidelines and asked questions. The booklet lists the ingredients, so to speak, but does not give a recipe. The booklet is intended as an invitation to develop your own suitable format based on these ingredients.

Forge your own path within your Community of Practice with 'Ten steps for a successful Community of Practice'.