First IMFN Virtual Community of Practice Launched

The first community of practice (CoP) in the IMFN held its inaugural meeting online in May with representatives from four countries in attendance. Participants from Model Forests in Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia and Argentina, as well as the IMFN Secretariat and the Ibero-American Regional Network used collaborative tools to initiate the CoP focused on the theme of mycology (specifically edible mushroom collection and marketing). Spain and Puerto Rico also expressed their intentions to participate.

Wikipedia defines a CoP as “…the process of social learning that occurs, and shared socio-cultural practices that emerge and evolve, when people who have common goals interact as they strive towards those goals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communities_of_Practice). CoPs are largely informal in nature and can be face-to-face or virtual collaborative efforts. 
 
Future plans as the virtual community develops include agreement on a group vision and strategy, project collaboration, information sharing and marketing tips on edible mushrooms. The Secretariat plans to develop additional CoPs in the future on a variety of themes of interest across the Network. For more information please contact the mycology CoP coordinator Guillaume Roy of Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest, Canada, or Christa Mooney of the IMFN Secretariat.