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Global Gathering: Community Economic Development #1

Global Gathering: Community Economic Development #1

Wednesday October 13 2021, 5:00 PM CDT
@ Zoom

How can community residents and their associations be leaders of economic development in their communities?

Register here. There is no cost to register. We will be hosting two Global Gatherings that focus on the same question. Please register for only one of these. Please use this Time and Date Converter to double-check the date and time in your part of the world.

We will be hosting two Global Gatherings that focus on the same question. Please register for only one of these.

Often community economic development is driven by local governments, NGOs or community development corporations. But some of the best examples of community economic development in the world have been driven by community residents and their associations. Whether we are talking about communities of place (rural villages or urban neighborhoods) or communities of interest (people bound together through the same kind of livelihood activity), you’ll be sharing your stories and tools for helping community members identify opportunities for mobilizing local assets to reshape the economic backbone of their community economies.

What is a Global Gathering?

Global Gatherings are NOT webinars or presentations. They are opportunities for members of ABCD in Action to engage in meaningful conversations. We don't have the answers to the questions we propose, but we'll provide a space for you to share your stories, ideas, and questions. Our hosts will guide you through a series of questions in small groups in order to help you think together about the questions we propose.

At the end of our scheduled time together, you can stick around for the "after-party", a chance to just hang out for 30 minutes and talk about whatever is important to you.

Co-hosts for this Global Gathering:

Gord Cunningham, Canada

Gord has more than 35 years of experience in community economic development, community-based microfinance and asset-based community development in Canada and in more than a dozen countries around the world. Gord is currently the Executive Director of the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. The Institute offers courses, leadership education programs and convenes local change leaders to share their innovations and learn from each other and Gord’s Coady colleagues. The Coady Institute includes a Centre for Women’s Leadership, a Centre for Employment Innovation and an Innovation and Enterprise Centre.

Deb Wisniewski, United States

Deb lives with her spouse, Steve, and our dog in a small island community in Wisconsin, where she learns about community every day. She is a connector at heart and loves hearing and telling stories. Deb is a trainer and facilitator. She is a co-founder of and the lead community host for ABCD in Action, as well as a steward of the ABCD Institute.

How to Prepare

We’re going to be using Zoom, so read about it or download it here if you haven't used Zoom already. At a minimum, you'll want a webcam or video-enabled mobile device, a microphone, headphones, and a quiet space to chat with us.

How to Join

This event will be held on Zoom. We'll send you an email the day before the Global Gathering with the information you need to join the call, so please be sure to watch for that. Just click that link when you want to join and you'll be speaking to us in no time! If you haven't received the email with the information you need by the day before the gathering, please let Deb know at

Just One More Step ...

Please register right now so we can plan for the number of participants. Then make sure you get the event on your calendar. This will also ensure that you receive the email with the Zoom link. Please use this Time and Date Converter to double-check the date and time in your part of the world.

For Members of ABCD in Action!

If you're not already a member of ABCD in Action, it's never too late to join! Sign up here for ABCD in Action if you are not already a member. If you're not sure, contact Deb at


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