Andrew Baird, Program Director, Workforce and Economic Opportunities, RTI International
“Community of Practice” is a term of art, not science. Many times these networks are deemed to exist, but are far from communal and not grounded in practice. In my career, I learned that you know a Community of Practice when you see one, even if it is sometimes hard to articulate why it's one. While at Making Cents International in 2006, we knew we did not see such a community in the youth economic opportunities space. There were communities built around financial inclusion, education, and entrepreneurship, but most did not focus on youth and few took a holistic view.