OMER, Aftab (United Kingdom)

Title of contribution:

The Power of Transformative Communities                                                   


Formation of a Community of Practice         


Where & when:

Marabella I.
Tuesday, 22nd 14:00-16:30


Marabella I.
Saturday, 26th 12:00-14:00


The power of Transformative Communities of Practice (TCoP) as an evolutionary force

Communities of practice are not only as old as humankind itself, but they even played a crucial role in our remote ancestors becoming human. However the concept of “communities of practice” is only 27 years old. It’s been embraced by most large organizations and used mostly for low-cost capacity development. Organization reinvention has a special place for a radically new version of it that we call “Transformative Communities of Practice.” It’s not about prolonging the status quo of the old management paradigm. TCoP is a group of people, who share their passion for transforming self, organizations, and social systems. In this workshop, participants will not only learn about TCoP, but will experience a living​ ​version of it. They will be introduced to the principles and methods for cultivating a TCoP in various phases of its lifecycle, group practices, case studies, Transparent Communication triads, interactive media, and the 8 archetypes of community hosting.


About Aftab Omer

Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. He was educated at M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, and generative entrepreneurship. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. He is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.