Small Group Learning Communities
These small group learning communities will allow municipalities to collaborate on real issues municipalities are facing, while working through solutions to these problems with the advice of experts. The small group learning communities will be more self-directed than the cohorts and will provide participants with the ability to specify which issues will be dealt with. With support of facilitators, participants will work with other municipalities in the community to develop common asset management challenges and develop solutions.
These participant-directed communities will facilitate joint learning and the sharing of ideas beyond the activity itself. Participants will:
Participation in the communities will include at least three in-person workshops, as well as the ability to communicate with the rest of the community and receive further coaching if needed. Participants will be expected to report on their progress.
Participants will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of the participant commitment expectations, and council will be required to pass a motion endorsing the municipality’s participation. This will ensure that participants are well supported in their time commitment and have organizational support to implement the learnings from the communities.
There is no fee to participate in the communities. Group learning activities, support from the project team, and guidance from asset management experts are provided free of charge for the duration of the project.
For in-person meetings, food and refreshments will be provided free of charge, though travel and accommodation costs will not be reimbursed.
Participants may be asked to work with the project team to provide at least one meeting space to hold a meeting or workshop at some point during the project. Ideally, participants will alternate hosting duties to allow for a similar cost and travel commitment among all cohort members.