LEVERAGING EXISTING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE FOR FOCI OUTREACH AND DISSEMINATION (IWP2)
FOCI’s Integration Work Package on ‘Leveraging Existing Communities of Practice for FOCI Outreach & Dissemination’ partners with existing Communities of Practice (CoPs) to facilitate outreach and knowledge dissemination efforts across FOCI. Organized around specific domains (e.g. themes, needs, subject areas), CoPs invite all parties concerned with that domain to exchange ideas, perspectives, and relevant news. Some are quite active and may organize events or lobby on behalf of members; others serve as opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange. Regardless of the form they take, CoP memberships are often a mixture of scholars, practitioners, stakeholders, policymakers, and/or artists. As such, they are fertile venues for novel ideas, outreach, and knowledge exchange. FOCI’s goals and practices align closely with a number of emerging CoPs, as its activities are intended to provide concrete benefits beyond academic circles by integrating efforts by researchers, practitioners, and stake/rightsholders to address the evolving infrastructure needs of maritime industries and coastal communities under conditions of climate, ocean, and social-ecological change.