William M. Snyder writes and consults to help leaders organize action-learning networks that serve the common good. He has consulted for 25 years on large-scale change efforts in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with organizations such as AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, Daimler-Chrysler, McKinsey & Company, the Veterans Administration, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute. Bill is a global thought-leader on the topic of “communities of practice” – groups that facilitate learning, innovation, and collaborative action among practitioners with a shared passion.
His research and consulting work focuses on civic communities of practice at local, national, and global levels. Examples include:
- A constellation of multi-stakeholder, economic-development communities in Chicago—focused on industry sectors such as biotech and telecommunications
- Several multi-city communities of practice working on issues such as healthy families and reducing gun violence, sponsored by Vice President Gore’s Office of Reinventing Government
- A community for leaders of global, multi-stakeholder networks working on topics such as microcredit, transparency, and sustainable forests.