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Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
04/11/18 11:11:27AM
131 posts

Ideas, Comments, Questions, etc. for ABCD in Action


About ABCD in Action & How do I....?

Thanks for your suggestion! I know there are a couple of ABCD faculty members (including me!) who are thinking about developing an introductory online course for ABCD sometime this year. Keep an eye on our newsletter for any announcements about that. If you don't mind, I may contact you directly for your ideas about what would be most helpful to you.

Deb

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
02/02/18 11:47:11AM
131 posts

Join John McKnight in Montreal this June!


Community News

This may have been an old event, Magdalena. I see that Devon posted it 9 months ago, which would have been before June 6-8, 2017. 

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
12/11/17 11:05:12AM
131 posts

What's the difference between stakeholders and community engagement?


ABCD and Community Organizing/Engagement

What's the difference between stakeholders and community engagement? Someone asked me this question today... I'd love to know what you all think! Share your thoughts here please!


updated by @deb-wisniewski: 12/11/17 11:05:50AM
Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
12/05/17 03:27:40PM
131 posts

Frameworks for capturing impacts of ABCD


Tips, Tools, Strategies, and Technology

[quote="Graeme Stuart"]

I was going to suggest the one by Brianne Peters and co, but see you linked to it already.

Here's a couple of resources that might be of help. (The first isn't available on the net for free, so if you have trouble getting it contact me.)

Ennis, G., & West, D. (2010). Exploring the potential of social network analysis in asset-based community development practice and research. Australian Social Work, 63(4), 404 - 417.

Potter, R. (2015). An impact assessment of the Great Yarmouth family connectors project. Cambridge: AnalyticsCambridge. Available from http://www.analyticscambridge.co.uk/FamilyConnectors.php

Nor sure they are really what you are looking for but they might help.

I've also created a list of over 100 resources on ABCD that might be of interest available from https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/abcd-reading-list/

Good luck with it

Graeme

[/quote]

Thanks, Graeme for sharing these!

Deb

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
12/05/17 03:27:03PM
131 posts

Frameworks for capturing impacts of ABCD


Tips, Tools, Strategies, and Technology

Ian, I'm involved, along with several other ABCD Faculty as an "ABCD Eval Team" with a project that works with museums and libraries. We're using Developmental Evaluation as the core of our work. I'm finding it very compatible with an ABCD perspective. There are lots of resources online about DE... Here's one resource that you might want to check out if you are unfamiliar with DE.

http://www.betterevaluation.org/en/plan/approach/developmental_evaluation

Deb

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
06/21/17 01:45:40PM
131 posts

11 Community Building Podcasts


Shared Resources and Materials

Thank you for sharing all of these! I look forward to listening to them all.


updated by @deb-wisniewski: 06/21/17 01:46:06PM
Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
05/25/17 01:06:52PM
131 posts

Working in the Gap: What does it mean to you?


Working in the Gap

Thanks, Peter for your thoughts on this topic... I personally have worked with a for-profit organization that offers supports for people with disabilities, so this is an interesting question for me to consider. As I think about the 6 assets of ABCD (individual, associations, institutions, economic, physical, and culture/stories), one of those assets is local institutions which includes businesses. So yes, I think there is a possibility of "gapping" between community and local institutions. In my mind, a lot depends on the role of the business in that community and how they see themselves. Does the for-profit see itself as "leading by stepping back"?  How do the employees of that for-profit see themselves?

Recently I had the good fortune of talking with someone who works for a mining company as a community development specialist. He definitely saw his role as actually working for the people of the community, even as he was employed by the company. It was an interesting conversation. He shared how it can be very challenging.

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
01/17/17 03:44:32PM
131 posts

Who Are You? Why are you here?


ABCD and Inclusive Communities/People with Disabilities

[quote="keith kelley"]

thanks, deb -

interesting to see friends getting ready to march on washington with not much plans for what to do after it is over....reminded of jack kornfield's title:  after the ecstasy; the laundry

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Love it! 

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
01/04/17 04:40:26PM
131 posts

Who Are You? Why are you here?


ABCD and Inclusive Communities/People with Disabilities

Hi Keith -  Welcome! I hope you'll find.. and share!... many sparks here at ABCD in Action. This community is like your neighborhood - it depends on the involvement of all who are a part of it. Let us know if you have any questions about how to participate here. We're glad you're here!

Deb

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
11/15/16 12:13:10AM
131 posts

Who Are You? Why are you here?


ABCD and Inclusive Communities/People with Disabilities

Hi Marnie - It was great reading your blog. I have long been interested in the connections between a strength-based support model and ABCD. I love reading about work that is closely connected to what I've been doing. It seems to me that they both start by sharing a common values base - that both build upon the gifts and talents of individuals. 

I believe that there are a number of challenges for the strength-based support model, one of which is to get beyond "interested."  I often see an effort to identify the interests of individuals with disabilities using person-centered planning, but then the process can stall after that. Many people don't seem to know what do do after identifying interests. For example, rather than thinking about the interests as a way to contribute to the community and to build relationships, I see what I call "drive-by" community. That is, support staff may not know how to connect people with disabilities to meaningful community roles, even after identifying interests. I think ABCD is a key practice  that can help us make the leap from from shallow connections to real contributions and the development of mutually beneficial relationships. 

I've been doing some training in this area and would welcome a chance to talk with you about this. Let me know if you'd like to connect sometime. Also, I'm wondering if you know of the Cutting Edge Program at Edgewood College here in Madison Wisconsin. I know a number of people who have been or are currently involved in that program, if you'd like to know more about it.

Keep up the good work. It sounds very interesting and exciting.

Deb

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