Forum Activity for @john-hamerlinck

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
12/27/17 09:43:25PM
37 posts

Community Resilience: The key for sustainable community development


ABCD and Rural Communities

Congratulations, Luis. I have two questions: 1) Do you have specific goals beyond "revitalized' community spirit"? and 2) How much time has normally lapsed from the time assets are identified, and the time those assets are effectively mobilized?

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
12/27/17 09:36:47PM
37 posts

What's the difference between stakeholders and community engagement?


ABCD and Community Organizing/Engagement

Anyone who feels the impact of a policy, or a situation is a stakeholder whether they are engaged or not. Any stakeholder who is "engaged" assumes responsibility and risk in order to create change.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
09/28/17 01:07:21PM
37 posts

Parks and Rec practitioner loves ABCD


ABCD - Getting Started/Challenges

Hi Marisa. The question of scale is important. There might be a different approach if there is an identified challenge you are trying to address, than there would be if you are simply trying to do some basic relationship building. Either way, small steps are probably a good idea. Find some people with some already identified common interest. Do some basic appreciative inquiry. Ask people what they care about, what concerns them, what they like doing. See if anything surprising emerges from that set of conversations. Then do actual asset mapping when you have a goal or an action in mind.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
09/12/17 12:52:25PM
37 posts

Looking for ABCD practitioners who are also familiar with theater of the oppressed and psychodrama


ABCD and Art

Hi Andres,

There is a small organization in Minnesota called, The Theater of Public policy. They combine improvisational comedy performances on the same program as interviews with issue experts and/or elected officials. I don't know to what extent they have engaged in international work, but they might be worth contacting. http://t2p2.net/

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
08/04/17 02:01:32PM
37 posts

storytelling


ABCD - Getting Started/Challenges

There are a growing number of resources on the internet for sharing stories and amplifying the voice of people whose stories might otherwise go unheard. The site ComDevasia http://www.comdevasia.org has lots of examples and ideas.

There are some websites that serve as very good platforms to collect stories. I have used PlaceStories http://placestories.com. It is worth looking at.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
05/30/17 12:52:43PM
37 posts

CD Worker Burnout: Does the ABCD Approach decrease this?


Open Discussions

I wonder if it might be useful to think about effective ABCD as practice that is not professionalized at its core. For me, the key to successful ABCD is the emergence of shared leadership by people who are doing the work because they are passionate stakeholders, not because they are getting paid by an NGO, or government agency to implement a policy, project, or program.

Distributing the workload, or the responsibilities of paid staff across a group of community volunteers does not constitute ABCD. Shared leadership, shared risk, and placing some trust in the wisdom of well-informed amateurs might be the best way to keep anyone from getting burned out.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
03/09/17 03:43:57PM
37 posts

Is demonstrations and boycotting part of ABCD action?


ABCD - Getting Started/Challenges

I believe that ABCD can greatly inform traditional adversarial organizing approaches. Your collective voices are assets, boycotting is leveraging the assets of committed people. ABCD can also complement the goals of getting rid of the status quo, by using capacity-centered approaches to creating what will replace the old policy/practices. I wrote a little about this idea here: http://abcdinaction.org/john-hamerlinck/blog/100/addressing-common-misunderstandings-about-abcd

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
01/30/17 01:31:10PM
37 posts

after the women's march, what?


ABCD - Getting Started/Challenges

The trap to avoid is to think that anything that isn't as big, or as inspiring as a large march is not making a difference. It is important to remember that we have hundreds of opportunities for nonviolent direct action every day. These smaller actions will all contribute to changing minds, and ultimately, to changing policy. I wrote a short piece with links to some resources on nonviolent direct action. You can view it here.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
01/06/17 02:34:03PM
37 posts

community conversations: the birth of all issues and solutions of the community.


ABCD and Youth

Congratulations, Charles! What a lovely idea -- people determining their own "state of happiness and success."

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
11/03/16 07:33:06AM
37 posts

Asset Maps


Asset Mapping & Gift Inventories

Pat, go to the ABCD Institute website and see the "asset mapping tools" section of the Tool Kit http://www.abcdinstitute.org/toolkit/index.html

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