The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.
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Join us for our May Storytelling Session
Guest: Dara Pruszenski, University of Pittsburgh
Dara Pruszenski will present on her experience as a student in academia, researching and learning about community organizing and human behavior and how that curriculum helps others to understand the complex relations of culture, power, systems of oppression, and the history and possible future movements for social justice.
Using that framework, Dara along with colleague, Arwen Davis, will discuss fiscal sponsorship; what it is and how Side Project Inc. assists individuals and grassroots projects to recognize their own strengths and assets of their community by using the Asset-Based Community Development framework.
Bringing those two concepts together, we will discuss ways that fiscal sponsorship can be used as a tool to empower those who are marginalized in society.
Dara Pruszenski is a second-year social work graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.
Between January and May 2022, The ABCD Institute will host a series of virtual story sharing sessions on "ABCD in Higher Education." The series will showcase examples of how faculty, staff, and students at universities and colleges are intentionally doing - or trying to do - their work using an asset- or strengths-based approach, within their institutions or in their work with community partners.
Stories might include programs, initiatives, or short-term projects that illuminate successes and challenges. This is not limited to best practices and could include efforts that have been difficult at best.
Stories - along with associated tools and resources - will then be compiled and shared through an ABCD Institute publication, edited by the ABCD in Higher Education Work Group. All storytellers and session participants will be invited to join the work group moving forward.
About the ABCD Institute
The ABCD Institute is a nonprofit organization located in Chicago at DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center. The Institute’s origins go back to the early 1990’s when John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann published their best selling community development book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Towards Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets. Their original research at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois began a global movement to shift the lens through which communities were often viewed - from broken places to places of possibility. The stories of local change they discovered was happening under the radar and their analysis of how it was happening changed the understanding of community building. The ABCD Institute is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.
The ABCD Higher Ed working group is a work group of the ABCD Institute that focuses on promoting the use of ABCD principles within the context of higher education with particular emphasis on how universities can be assets to their local communities.
June 21: David Taylor, Niagara University - Using ABCD as a Pedagogical Tool in a Project-Based Learning Course
July 19: Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University - Building Capacity for Authentic University-Community Engagement
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