Etienne Wenger-Trayner

Etienne WengerSocial Learning Theorist.

“Learning is not just a mental process. It is about how we become who we are as human beings – our identity and experience of meaningfulness. It is the foundation of success for individuals, communities and organizations.”

A leader in the field of social learning systems, Etienne Wenger-Trayner believes that human knowing is a social act. This idea impacts how we think about learning and teaching. He coined the term “communities of practice,” which are groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better through regular interaction.

Developing social learning strategies is important for leaders and educators.
Wegner-Trayner studies how to: connect people in meaningful ways; break down silos; and turn organizational strategy into action and capabilities. Leveraging the potential of social media within communities of practice is also part of his expertise.

In an increasingly global world he believes that now, more than ever, we should be developing our learning capabilities and sees an urgent need to learn how to learn in, and across, all sectors, whether in education, business, government, nonprofits or international development.

He is a self-described independent thinker, researcher, consultant, author and speaker. His work as a researcher, author and consultant has influenced thinking and practice in a wide variety of fields, including business, education, government and social theory.

Wegner-Trayner received a doctorate in information and computer science from the University Of California at Irvine and was named an honorary professor at the School of Humanities, Aalborg University, Demark.

Twitter: @etiennewenger

Etienne Wenger-Trayner at the 2013 BLE