Civic Stewardship

Brief bio and selected publications

William M. Snyder, Ph.D.

+1 617 498 0903
Civic Stewardship Initiative
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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William M. Snyder has worked for over 30 years on large-scale change efforts to democratize the workplace and promote organizational learning in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, with organizations such as AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, McKinsey & Company, the Veterans Administration, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard.

Bill is a thought-leader on communities of practice—groups that facilitate learning, innovation, and capability-building among practitioners who share a passion for what they do. Over the past 15 years, his work has focused on civic stewardship initiatives at community, city, and national levels. 
He is now co-leading an action-learning lab in Boston to demonstrate how community-based civic stewardship can enable residents to achieve targeted outcomes at neighborhood and citywide levels.  

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Selected co-authored publications

   Organization Learning Disorders: Conceptual Model and Intervention Hypotheses (Human Relations, 1998)
Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier (Harvard Business Review, 2000)
Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, 2002)
  • Communities of Practice: A New Tool for Managers (Collaboration:Using Networks and Partnerships, Rowman & Littlefield Pub., 2003)
  • Communities of Practice in Government: Leveraging Knowledge for Performance (The Public Manager, 2003)
  •  Our World as a Learning System: A Community-of-Practice Approach (Create a Learning Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  •  Addressing Cancer Health Disparities Through a Regional Cancer Collaborative (Medical Care, 2008: pp. S74-S83)

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A.B., Harvard College; Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D., University of Southern California

Visiting Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Learning Innovations Laboratory, 2006-2007

Board member, Swanee Hunt Alternatives

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