Community of Practice

Working to understand and solve complex problems in international crisis, conflict, and emergency management (CCEM)

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The world we live in is becoming increasingly complex.

The systems we live in and their dependencies to support society are only increasing. A single perspective or professional (expert) opinion is no longer enough. International crisis and conflict issues are entirely complex, with perspectives from the professional, societal, and cultural spheres - amongst many others. As the world changes and becomes increasingly complex, our goal is to support professional organizational development in the international space - enabling more effective delivery of support, development, and security sector reform. 

What is a Community of Practice?


A community of practice is not merely a club of friends or a network of connections between people. It has an identity defined by a shared domain of interest. Membership therefore implies a commitment to the domain, and therefore a shared competence that distinguishes members from other people


In pursuing their interest in their domain, members engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build relationships that enable them to learn from each other; they care about their standing with each other. A website in itself is not a community of practice. Having the same job or the same title does not make for a community of practice unless members interact and learn together.


A community of practice is not merely a community of interest–people who like certain kinds of movies, for instance. Members of a community of practice are practitioners. They develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice. This takes time and sustained interaction.

The role of the CCEM Community of Practice

The role of the community is to provide a forum for experts from specific domains, to align efforts, identify dependencies, and solve complex problems across the resilience domain. This includes a wide range of professional fields, but the CCEM focus is on NATO Resilience Baselines. Additional topics are added as complementary focus areas such as supply chain resilience and climate security. 

While the community experts maintain their professional knowledge and expertise throughout their careers, they contribute to the CCEM effort through virtual events, publications, supporting research, development, and when available - international assessments, projects, and institutional capacity building with CBI. 

Benefits of the CCEM Community of Practice

Problem Solving & Complex Analysis

Discussing and solving complex problems from the international crisis, conflict, and emergency management space. 

International Exposure

Exposed to international perspectives, policies, organizations, and employment opportunities. 

Coordination and Synergy

Peer learning and professional development across a wide, yet focused, spectrum of career professionals. 

Professional Development

Unique training and professional development opportunities provided by CBI to the community, to include NATO training.

Growing Confidence

Challenge your thinking and perspectives through the integration of international issues, and complex ideas, as well as peer perspectives from other industries.

Professional Visibility

Through the CCEM monthly publication, podcast, webinars, live events, and roundtable discussions. CBI content was viewed 1.2 million times in 2022. 

Opportunities in the CCEM Community of Practice

Research and Analysis

Research and analysis across the international community, generally short term in nature, but efforts to align international policies or recommendations.

Advising or Consulting

Advisory or consulting support (virtual) to CBI's efforts in the international community, including any one of our thematic areas and based on partner needs and requirements. 

Capacity Building

Direct support to CBI international capacity building programs and to support partner nation development. May include on-site visits, travel, in person workshops or conference. 

Our Focus

Due to the nature of CBI's international work, we primarily focus on international guidance and views towards building resilience. In this case, we align some of our thematic areas with NATO's Resilience Baselines. Expertise from the CCEM Community of Practice are involved in these key areas of practice and help to shape international efforts and understanding of these complex systems, to include during times of conflict. 

We then add in relevant topics to support analysis such as supply chain resilience and climate security, which are key topics in today's world. 

Thematic areas for Community Experts.

Building community resilience in the international space is complex and requires a multi-disciplinary approach. We focus on the following thematic areas as a foundation of our work. If you have expertise in these fields, please send us a message below.

Continuity of Government

Government, essential services, legislative and national frameworks. 

Energy Security

Resilient energy supplies, resources, generation, transmission, and diversification.

Population Movement

Including mass migration, IDP's, large scall evacuations, and displacement of populations.

Food and Water Security

Sustainable food and water supplies, sanitation, production, distribution, etc.

Communications Systems

Networks, ICT, cyber security, as well as early warning, crisis communications, and telecommunication networks.

Resilient Transport

Systems including all modes of transportation, networks, infrastructure, etc. 

Mass Casualties

Dealing effectively with mass casualty management, to include public health and effective service delivery.

Supply Chain

Supply chain resilience, diversification, manufacturing, production, distribution, shipping, etc. 

Climate Security

Climate security hazards, risks, impacts, management and implications.

Additional Expertise...

In certain supporting areas such as Financial Sector, Space and Research, CBRN, and Public and Legal Order.

Requirements for the CCEM Community of Practice

10+ Years Professional Experience

A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in your functional area which reflects work at senior levels as well, such as in policies, legislation, or program development.

Deep Expertise in a Functional Area

You're someone who is recommended by your peers as an expert and is known for having a deep expertise in one of our thematic areas. 

Commitment to Community

What we are building and the work we are doing takes time, so commitment, involvement, and support are required for a minimum of a year.

Ready to Join the CCEM Community of Practice?

When you're ready to take up the challenge with international work and development, please fill out the form below and we will set up a call.