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John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
09/21/21 10:59:27AM
47 posts

Asset mapping in the context of gentrification


Asset Mapping & Gift Inventories

Hi Ivis. Years ago, before the advent of the mobile phone camera, a friend of mine bought a bunch of disposable cameras and gave them to a group of youth in the neighborhood. She told them to take photos of "good things in their neighborhood." They took photos of people and places that mad them feel safe and welcome. It was a visual asset map of sorts. This exercise demonstrated the ways that a sense of place is related to individual, and shared values. A great follow-up question might be: What would you have liked to take a photo of, but you couldn't because it no longer exists? Ask them if given the same assignment, what do they think elected officials, or real estate developers would take photos of.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
08/16/21 12:30:46PM
47 posts

CV and ABCD - How to structure a resume based on ABCD


Open Discussions

Hi Peter. I don't know if headings or categories are as important as describing your experience in terms of building relationships, since relationships are at the core of ABCD. ABCD also about discovery. You might find a way to articulate your experience in getting something done with the tools/assets at your disposal.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
08/04/21 10:21:20AM
47 posts

Valuable Rural Resource


ABCD and Rural Communities

Renewing the Countryside https://www.renewingthecountryside.org/ is a nonprofit organization with loads of stories and ideas around rural community and economic development.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
07/26/21 10:24:15AM
47 posts

Rural Case Study: Working with Very Small Groups


ABCD and Rural Communities

Here is a rural case study (see attachment) that I wrote a few years back. It shows how a student at a small rural campus helped a small group of women in a small, rural town improve their community.


morris-case-study.pdf - 511KB
John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
07/08/21 08:59:21AM
47 posts

What does it mean to be Rural?


ABCD and Rural Communities

[quote="Derek A Peterson"]

From the Internet: https://brainly.ph/question/12360251 

5 differences and 5 similarities between rural and urban livelihoods:

Differences between rural and urban livelihoods:

1)Rural livelihoods are based upon primary activities like farming and fishing.Urban livelihoods are based upon secondary and tertiary activities like manufacturing and services.

2)Rural livelihood involves living with and being sustained by nature.Urban is city based living and involve a range of activities like IT,jobs in the government or private sector,clerial and professional jobs.Urban areas have a large migrant population.

3)People generally inherit jobs in rural areas like carpenter,blacksmith etc.In urban areas job inheritance is not common.

4)Rural areas provide less opportunity to earn income as compared with urban areas.

5)Rural areas lack industries, infrastructure which is found in urban areas.

Similarities between rural and urban livelihoods:

1)Poverty continue to exist in both rural and urban areas.

2)Some common jobs continue to exist in rural and urban areas like teachers,shopkeepers,traders,barbers though scale of operation may differ.

3)Daily wage laborers exist in rural areas who may be employed in farms and urban areas they employed in a factory.

4)Women constitute a major work force in rural and urban areas.Though, in the former they are engaged in agriculture and in the latter in professions like teachings,IT,medicine,BPO's.

5)Both rural and urban areas will have dependent, population not engaged in any work that is elderly population and children.

[/quote] This list contains a number of false assumptions. Rural is not always agrarian. Rural economies are not all "sustained by nature." There are a substantial number of rural places supporting jobs in manufacturing, IT, and professional services. The amount of 'inherited' job or business succession in rural areas is not significantly different from that in urban areas.

I would suggest that the most significant difference between rural and urban, is political power and influence. I live in a state where three-fourths of the population lives in one-fourth of the geography. This creates an urban bias in the decision making of elected officials. Therefore, rural gets less public investment.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
12/04/20 02:14:22PM
47 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 10:31:35AM
47 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 10:43:43AM
47 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 04:48:48PM
47 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 04:38:48PM
47 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.

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