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Effective knowledge sharing underpins the success of Changing Lives. Online communities offer a simple and effective way of sharing and communicating knowledge and information.


Community of Practice (CoP)

A Community of Practice is a group of people who share an interest, a craft and/or profession. They can exist online or in physical spaces, such as office or factories.

Discussion forum

The online equivalent of a traditional message or bulletin board, where people can post thoughts and ideas on a particular topic and read and respond to other posts.

Social bookmarking

Much like bookmarking a page in a book, social bookmarking is a way of bookmarking web pages that be saved privately, or shared with other people. Social bookmarking tools include Delicious and Diigo.

Social media

Web-based tools to assist people share information with each other. Examples include social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter; blogging tools such as Blogger and Wordpress; wikis; and social bookmarking tools such as Delicious and Diigo. These tools are also known as Web 2.0.

Social network

A group of people that use one or more web-based services to create a community in which they can share information, knowledge and experience.


Website that allows the easy creation and personal editing of any number of interlinked web pages. Wikipedia is a good example - an encyclopedia of just about anything and everything, which can be edited and added to by the general public under moderation.