The concept behind 4XP
is loosely based upon a blend of three popular models: Communities of Practice
(influenced by KM principles, Complexity & Chaos theory and Open Space methodology) ; Organisational Development
(originator Warren Bennis, organisational transformation and change) and Business Networking
(eg. BNI, LinkedIn, BRE, BraveBrains, Ryze, Orkut, Ecademy etc..) but without a trading profit-making company at the centre of the network.
Using original thinking from Internationally renowned authors such as Etienne Wenger, Verna Allee, George Pór, Dave Snowden, Karl-Erik Sveiby, Nonaka and Takeuchi et al, and their elements of knowledge-sharing, valuing intangibles, storytelling, tacit knowledge and building communities, Józefa has created a new adaptation entitled - Community of Partnership™ (CoPart)Key requirements of a Community of Partnership™ (CoPart)
© Józefa Fawcett, 2005
: Not merely a network of business people or social entrepreneurs, it has an identity defined by the space within which they live and work. The CoPart
therefore implies a certain expectation of commitment
to the named space and a high level of quality and competence that distinguishes partners from others in the same professional fields.Community:
In pursuing their interest in the named space, partners look for ways to help each other, and share both information and knowledge. They build relationships that enable them to learn from and about each other [Interprofessional Learning
] offering other partners practical support without monetary involvement; this is based upon the centuries-old system of ‘bartering’ for services. Thereby, the nature of the CoPart
will be self-organising and self-sustaining with built in Quality Assurance and CPD frameworks.Partnership:
A collective of local independent practitioners and small business or social units providing products, services, information, advice and guidance (IAG) to the local economy. The choice of partners is underpinned by the ‘OD Umbrella’
(Fawcett, 2003), an Organisational Development model that addresses the key areas needed to drive forward private or public sector improvements. The CoPart
demands equal status for all – irrespective of profession, free access, and willingness to share a repertoire of resources and experiences. Partners also work together to support and market each others professional practice – no matter how diverse – with a view to benefiting themselves individually through the strength of the whole.
This ambitious local initiative benefits not only the partners who are successful in joining the CoPart
, but also the local businesses that commission their services, who will get motivated high quality professionals working in an ethical business manner to recognised standards of performance.
Watch out for the first identified group of CoPart
professionals coming soon to the 4XP website