We believe that an approach based on action research through the construction of a web-based community of practice could be especially effective and suitable for the need to analyse, compare, exchange, experiment and assess the practices enacted by the partners in the fields of training, guidance and social inclusion.

The theory of “Regional Innovation Systems (RIS)” adds to the concept of innovation the idea of collective learning, which refers to the deep cooperative and collaborative relationships existing between members of the same system, in order for this to acquire flexibility and the ability to adjust to the changing needs and demands of the territory. In this perspective, innovation is a creative aware process of shared knowledge building.

The development of the Knowledge Society is deeply linked to that of ICT. Awareness of the extent to which the development of new information and communication technologies affects and changes many human cognitive functions is becoming more and more widespread.

Real-time coordination of intelligences requires communication devices which, independent of a strict quantitative threshold, must depend on digital information technologies. ICT offer the members of a community the means to coordinate their interactions horizontally, thus constructing a universe of common knowledge. This is why  the creation, establishment and the constant enlargement of a community of practice of actors, stakeholders and end users in the LifeLong Learning sector can constitute an effective and flexible working tool to activate and strengthen local, regional, national and trans-national networks, acknowledging pre-existing relationships and giving them the chance to evolve into new interconnections and interactions, during and after the project.


The research-action

The community of practice