Communities and networks are by nature harder to define and control. While teams can mark their progress towards goals and roles, and organizations can exert power in rewards or punishment, communities and networks are fluid and less controllable. Because of the often voluntary nature of people's participation, membership which might span across multiple institutions, and the sheer volume of communities and networks people can belong to, their knowledge sharing value can be lost without some careful prioritization and practices. In this module, we'll explore these challenges and how they might be either overcome, or turned into opportunities.
Working with communities and networks can be challenging for a couple of reasons. First, because of human nature. “Human differences” is a term that covers all sorts of differences. These include culture, gender, physical and mental ability, status, personal preferences, as well as different levels of access to resources and knowledge. The second set of challenges come when we rely on technology to connect us. We'll look at both of these types of challenges and offer some ideas of how to work through them.
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