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April Doner
@april-doner
06/23/20 01:58:18PM
54 posts

How have you been applying ABCD in your library?


ABCD and Libraries


Hey all!

I've been SO impressed with the passion and predisposition for ABCD work within this community of professionals after having had the pleasure of working with library staff and leaders across the country for the past few years.

Please share your own story of working with ABCD as a library staff or a library partner/collaborator. Some things you could share:

- How did you connect with ABCD to begin with?

- What did you do or are you doing? What resources really inspired you or have you created?

- What have you learned? What advice would you give others from libraries seeking to apply ABCD?

Here are two stories from libraries I have worked with:

Oak Park Public Library partnered with a local educational organization and Triton College around a tutoring program to address differences in educational outcomes based on race. After the team encountered ABCD, they shifted their project to focus much more on the gifts and talents of young people, parents and community members with really impressive results!  https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/triton_college_and_oak_park_library_journey_map.pdf

The Free Library of Philadelphia launched a 2-year engagement program that invests in residents as ambassadors and consultants working to identify their own community's strengths and priorities and build upon those. https://www.swglobetimes.com/library-partnership-catalyzing-a-community-led-future/

These both have come out of the IMLS Community Catalyst Initiative that me and a team of other ABCD coaches have been working on:  https://www.imls.gov/our-work/community-catalyst-initiative

(I've also enjoyed the stories from this resource -- it was written some time ago but I think the lessons are still really relevant! https://www.urbanlibraries.org/assets/Engaged_Library_Full_Report.pdf)


updated by @april-doner: 06/23/20 02:06:33PM
April Doner
@april-doner
05/08/20 09:07:49AM
54 posts

Asset Mapping and Gift Fulfillment? Meet the Offers and Needs Market.


Shared Resources and Materials

P.S. Any thoughts on how this might be done virtually right now for safety reasons? (obviously, I'd think in-person is probably best when it's safe!)

April Doner
@april-doner
05/08/20 09:06:45AM
54 posts

Asset Mapping and Gift Fulfillment? Meet the Offers and Needs Market.


Shared Resources and Materials

I love this Joel! Deb W shared this with our work team and I'm excited to share it with a group of libraries and museums we work with who've been trying out asset mapping in various ways. I love how you've made this so practical and straightforward. Thank you!!

April Doner
@april-doner
01/14/20 03:49:49PM
54 posts

Asset Mapping software?


Asset Mapping & Gift Inventories

David, were we on a webinar together last month?!

April Doner
@april-doner
11/26/19 12:50:46PM
54 posts

Deadly ABCD


ABCD and Indigenous Communities/First Nations

Thank you! This is very interesting. I am curious what the story is behind you developing this particular program, as well as the choice of the name "Deadly ABCD"? It's very striking and I'm super curious about the meaning behind it!

April Doner
@april-doner
11/22/19 01:30:30PM
54 posts

invitation for feedback: Power Ladder - In-Person Tool, Video


Tips, Tools, Strategies, and Technology


Hi friends!

I've had the opportunity to work with some other ABCD folks to package a tool that some practitioners and consultants have used to create space and steps for thinking about where power currently resides in relationship to one's organization, project, group or idea.

This is currently a draft format and I'd love to get your feedback on it! Especially: how clear are the instructions; what other info would help you use it or encourage others to use it; general feedback including how useful you'd find this tool overall. Also if you've done power ladder processes, any variations, lessons or stories of your own practice with this?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z1B2ixlbmoRy6cCID4fZ_rfWTVY8ecEF/view?usp=sharing


Resident Power Ladder In-Person Exercise_Facilitator's Guide_6.2019.pdf - 507KB
April Doner
@april-doner
10/24/19 07:20:17PM
54 posts

Deadly ABCD


ABCD and Indigenous Communities/First Nations

How cool! Thanks so much for sharing this Michelle. I think it would be great if you could share additional information here!

April Doner
@april-doner
10/22/19 01:35:42PM
54 posts

feedback? "Stories" & ABCD - Updated Asset Map + Storytelling Infographic


Asset Mapping & Gift Inventories

Thank you so much Ivis!!!

I'm happy to hear you think the graphic makes sense.  :-)

The purple shape is, indeed, meant to represent stories. I was looking for something that would be (a) not to hard for anyone to draw and (b) capture how stories are something that are both connected to and can serve to CONNECT all of the other kinds of local assets.... hopefully without making the overall map look too messy!

April Doner
@april-doner
10/21/19 09:54:56AM
54 posts

feedback? "Stories" & ABCD - Updated Asset Map + Storytelling Infographic


Asset Mapping & Gift Inventories


Hi all,


I wanted to share a couple of resources I've been working on and also invite feedback / conversation around the topic of Stories & ABCD community-building. (It is a passion of mine and a has always been pretty integral part of my own ABCD practice.)


For an online ABCD course I'm creating for libraries right now, I wanted to use the "classic" ABCD map drawing with circles, triangles and other simple symbols -- but also realized that it needed updating to include stories and the two-way arrow of exchange. I started with the digitized version I think i got from the original ABCD Slides shared with me waaay back when, and added the arrows as well as a purple thread which was the best symbol I could think of! I tried to design the new "stories" asset in a way that shows how stories and culture are connected to and can also serve to further connect all of the other existing assets in a community.


I'm also attaching a kind of rough infographic sketch I created with help from a team of other colleagues (De'Amon Harges, Deb Wisniewski and Melissa Browning) for a project I'm working on for libraries and museums project as part of a webinar we held on "Storytelling and Community Engagement." It was a first-stab attempt at bringing together my and some of the ABCD IMLS team's insights on how this precious asset can be valuable and seen as part of our work. It'd be fun to find the resources to clean this up further -- I may be able to find them within my current project but not totally sure at this point...  Perhaps as part of a small toolkit we share with the grantees but could be also featured on the ABCD website for broader use.


Toward that -- I'd love to hear the thoughts of anyone who shares my passion for this topic about the info-graphic, or what it brings to mind regarding the topic of stories and community-building given your own experiences as storytellers and witnesses of ABCD processes & growing citizen power. And of course if you have great asset map graphics you've been using, or ways you love using it in trainings or in building community, please share here too!



~ April



EXTRA NOTES:

- The "Classic Asset Map" addition was an admittedly quick and simple graphic but since the original graphic is pretty simple, I figured it works pretty well! If i were to work on it more, I may work on the opacity so that the blue "place" box does not show through the purple line. If you see any use for this and think that would make it look better, I'd be happy to do that extra bit of work on it and share again. 


- I know some beautiful versions of the classic map have been created (I know if Mike Green's and by Ron Dwyer-Voss's company Pacific Community Solutions -- also attached here). I love using them, but I also find beauty and value in the classic map is its simplicity and the fact that anyone can draw it. I really like drawing it during in-person trainings and building it "live" as we explore each component. I also like tools that anyone can create without fancy technology or special artistic skills so it can be used by anyone and everyone.


Storytelling & ABCD Graphic.JPG Storytelling & ABCD Graphic.JPG - 950KB

updated by @april-doner: 10/31/19 11:54:16AM
April Doner
@april-doner
10/10/11 06:38:25PM
54 posts

Youth Organizing and Social Justice


ABCD and Youth

What I see so far happening in my community (at this moment, in my sphere) is a mural project that's been geared toward youth but is open to people of all ages. There's high school kids as well as older 20-something youth, on up to adults in their 40's and older. Together we're learning about art technique as it relates to making a giant mural on the side of a police station, and pretty soon we'll get into the actual composition. (I'm excited to grapple together with questions already put out there--how do we represent the local community around this location when we are but a small segment, some of us not from here? What kind of message do we want to convey?) This learning and thinking and doing together as equals creates a lovely space and reminds me how much I don't end up being around people much younger than myself in my everyday life, and how much I miss that kind of interaction.

How this particular activity might be transformed into more powerful social justice youth organizing work? If the conversation was connected to the concept of making change in other spheres perhaps, or if it became a starting point for youth and others to think forward to what kind of art we could create together that could help achieve a shared vision we have for our community? What's in the way of that happening... is perhaps most participants' being used to following the lead of the activity organizer--whether we're coming there from high-school which is hyper-programmed-by-adults (usually) or from organizations where we might have some more freedom to help shape a collective process, but aren't accustomed to transferring that way of thinking into a more ambiguous community setting (and so, we too end up following primarily the lead of the facilitator).. and, of course, there's the way the program itself is shaped, by the facilitator and perhaps influenced by whoever's paying him...

Good question. Eager to hear others' experiences and insights.

Thanks Ron!

(What are YOUR answers? I always love hearing your own stories of youth engagement.)

-April

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