Coproduction Commons

A learning network to advance understanding, use of coproduction of healthcare service.

People in the 21st century use a variety of formal and informal networks to learn. Some years ago, Etienne Wenger and colleagues explored these social learning systems and developed the idea of a “community of practice.” [1] These communities of practice take several forms—from relatively “open” membership to “enrolled” membership.[2]

The development of internet-mediated networking has made it possible to create a “digital habitat” for these learning communities.[3] Early pilot communities were developed to further explore aspects of “coproduction of healthcare service” by the International Coproduction of Health Network (ICoHN):[4]

  • Health system leaders (now completed)
  • Early researchers
  • Graduate health professional education
  • Value-creating business model development
  • Coproduction learning health systems (under development)(5)

With the learning from these pilot efforts, it seems desirable to create an “open coproduction community” to learn more via an ongoing virtual learning platform. Several are working together and will offer virtual learning sessions beginning June 18, 2020. If you are interested in receiving more information about this learning network which we tentatively call the Coproduction Commons, please share your contact information at

[1] Wenger E. Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity. 1998; Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

[2] McDonald J, Cater-Steel A.(eds) Communities of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education. 2017; Springer: Singapore.

[3] Wenger E, White N, Smith JD. Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities. 2009; CPsquare: Portland, Oregon.


5 Elwyn, Nelson, Hager, Price. Coproduction: When Users Define Quality. BMJ Qual Saf 2019; 0:1-6.