Communities of Practice

At GWI, we believe in the radical, generative potential of facilitated working groups to create new solutions to challenges.

In a Community of Practice, whether people gather to share and deepen their knowledge and skills, to re-imagine and redesign a system, or to engage in supported practice, they do so in a context of equity, interdependence, true collaboration, mutuality, and targeted learning.

What is a GWI Community of Practice?

A Community of Practice is a working group that coalesces around the need for a supported space to think through and act on a specific set of ideas and challenges. It is a container for collective learning, action and/or practice, organized by a group of peers who are empowered to create positive change and bring Just Transition-aligned initiatives or practices into reality.

All Communities of Practice associated with GWI are aligned with Just Transition. Learn more about the principles of Just Transition through attending a GWI Just Transition Primer workshop or read more about the principles outlined here.

Through the Community of Practice program, GWI offers support, resources, and tools that cultivate healthy and effective ways to collaborate. We provide intentional, ongoing opportunities to develop the awareness and capacities of the working group and its stewards. We aim for working groups to be successful in their self-defined journey, by fostering insight, building power, and nurturing the network of committed participants that comprise the group.

GWI Communities of Practice

The Hudson Valley Prosperity Network

Partner-led

The Hudson Valley Prosperity Network (HVPN) is focused on developing a shared understanding of what a resilient economy looks like, and how to build it with our local communities. We believe that the current economic system is in need of a radical re-imagining and restructuring as we look to leverage the tools of community finance to create a more just local economy.

Stewards: Vonda Von Brunsting, Tim McQueen, Ethan Pomerance, Kevin “Kirby” Irby

Racial Equity & Justice

GWI-hosted

Racial Equity & Justice is a small group of Hudson Valley residents coming together to more deeply understand ourselves and each other in the context of racial equity and justice. Using mindfulness as a tool while exploring the role systemic racism plays in areas such as voting rights, policing, and public education, group members aim to develop the internal strength and capacity to strategically and collectively work towards creating a more just world.

Stewards: Maryellen Whittington-Couse and Terri Hall

See No Enemy

Partner-led

See No Enemy is a group dedicated to practicing the fundamental ideas and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in order to foster a world without enemy images, where everyone’s needs matter and people have the skills to make peace. It is open to practitioners who are already familiar with the fundamental ideas of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) via an intro workshop (like Navigating Conflict offered by GWI) or other exploration.

Stewards: Barbara Bash and Katherine Betts

How can I join a Community of Practice?

Participants in a Community of Practice may be active practitioners of the area of work the group is focused on, or those seeking to enter into that area. Communities of Practice generally recruit new members at their launch and at certain other times in their trajectory. Each group is unique in how they select and manage their participants; they might have prerequisites or an application process. It is up to the stewards of a group to define their approach. 

To ask about joining an existing Community of Practice, please contact the group directly.

How can I start a Community of Practice?

To find out more about this program and/or launch your own Community of Practice, please contact us and we will be happy to talk with you about your idea and see if our program is a match for your vision.