Forum Activity for @john-hamerlinck

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
12/04/20 02:14:22PM
42 posts

ABCD Underpinning Campus Experiential Learning Initiative


ABCD and Higher Education

Hi Alan,

I have spent countless hours pondering the intersection of ABCD and educational civic engagement. A number of years ago a colleague and I wrote a book called, "Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education." If you'd like, you can email me through my website https://leadingdifferently.com/ and I'll send you a pdf version of that book. You can also ask me questions on the topic at any time.

John Hamerlinck

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
09/09/19 09:31:35AM
42 posts

Data About the Effective Use of ABCD by Cities and Non-Profits in the US


Data, Evaluation, and Research

Eddy, It is difficult for me to offer a whole lot without more details about what you're actually trying to accomplish, or the nature of your organization. If your organization is deeply rooted in an "expert" model of problem solving, you might identify an issue or challenge that your members frequently face, and try to identify ways to avoid that reoccurring phenomenon by engaging in some appreciative inquiry around that issue, as opposed to looking for a "best practice" that will work for most people. For me, ABCD is an approach that recognizes the critical context, and insight of non-experts who need solutions not available to them via current programs or policies. These folks often have great ideas for multivariant solutions that emerge once they stop focusing primarily of their deficits. 

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
08/29/19 09:43:43AM
42 posts

Data About the Effective Use of ABCD by Cities and Non-Profits in the US


Data, Evaluation, and Research

Hi, Eddy. Large organizations struggle with ABCD because they are often centralized (as opposed to distributed) networks. Information moves primarily from a hub, out to members, or if the organization has a large staff, it is org chart driven. Relationship building among members is secondary to a member's relationship with the organization. 

ABCD is about getting things done. Your entire membership may probably never be directly involved in achieving a specific outcome. I would suggest finding an affinity group from within your larger membership, that wants to create or change some small, but tangible aspect of your work. That small group of people who are passionately interested in the same goal can map, connect, and leverage their assets, and then implement something that can serve as a 'proof of concept' to other members who might do the same. Folks who have tried to do large scale ABCD often focus too much on the asset mapping process, and not enough on implementing a desirable action, that they end up creating data bases that are obsolete before they are even 'completed.'

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
09/15/18 03:48:48PM
42 posts

Intergenerational Asset Mapping in our Rural Community


ABCD and Youth

The most important thing I learned from working with an intergenerational community project nearly 20 years ago was, that barriers to understanding the potential of other people's assets decreased greatly when the middle generation was absent. By this I mean that youth saw tremendous value in people who were their grandparents' age. The elders also seemed to give the youth tremendous boosts in self-esteem, because they were frequently validating the contributions of youth.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
09/15/18 03:38:48PM
42 posts

ABCD as foundation in Community Inquiry Labs at the public library


ABCD and Institutions (Universities, Hospitals, Government, Libraries, NGOs, etc.)

Hi Katie,

I always think that the best way to see how ABCD complements an approach a group is taking, is to see if participants are gaining a better understanding of local, formal and informal associations. It is important to see people as networks, and not just groups.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
12/27/17 09:43:25PM
42 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
42 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
42 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
42 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
42 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.

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