At first I had no idea what Communities of Practice: Learning as a Social System meant or anything like that.  Communities of Practice are things that almost everyone is in with out even relieving it.  They are like informal groups of people that are interested in a common goal problem or field.  They share an interest in something that they share ideas theory and problems with.  If you have a problem that you can not figure out your self but you know someone in a Communities of Practice that might know it or have better knowledge then you.  “You are good at what you do, but although you know where your paycheck comes from, the corporation mainly remains an abstraction for you. The group you actually work for is a relatively small community of people who share your working conditions. It is with this group that you learn the intricacies of your job, explore the meaning of your work, construct an image of the company, and develop a sense of yourself as a worker.” http://www.open.ac.uk/ldc08/sites/www.open.ac.uk.ldc08/files/Learningasasocialsystem.pdf.  I this section it tells how simple and basic yet how so effective CoP are.

http://www.co-i-l.com/coil/knowledge-garden/cop/index.shtml

You are good at
what you do, but although you know where your paycheck comes from, the
corporation mainly remains an abstraction for you. The group you actually work for is a
relatively small community of people who share your working conditions. It is with this
group that you learn the intricacies of your job, explore the meaning of your work,
construct an image of the company, and develop a sense of yourself as a worker.
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