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More on the name Community Dojo
A dojo is a space where people work together to gain mastery at a skill through practice, interaction, and relationship with peers, mentors, and teachers.
A dōjō is a place for immersive learning.
The term literally means "place of the Way" in Japanese, phrasing that is rooted in Taoism.
A dojo is considered special, and is well cared for by its users
Dojo are supposed to be supported and managed by the student body
The term is traditionally used in a Japanese martial arts context.
In recent years the term is also being used by:
Software development communities
Companies creating spaces for training, peer-learning, and accountability in their continuous-improvement and quality-assurance programs
We chose this term because it was the best concept we could find to represent the spirit and intention of this project.
We were concerned about harmful cultural appropriation in using this term. We took pro-active steps to be careful, considerate, and respectful in using the term dojo in this community context: including checking with more than 15 Japanese people who work for and with Autodesk Japan.
We hope that this resource, and the learning and interaction that people experience here, will honor the term and concept of a dojo.