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John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
07/22/16 10:58:08AM
47 posts

Using Life-Coaching in ABCD


Open Discussions

Hi Damara. The "coaching" that you describe seems to be focused on the self-actualization of the individual. It would be possible to be surrounded by a whole bunch of self-confident, self-reflexive people, and have little or no community development. For me, ABCD has always been about community organizing, and collaborative leadership. Sure, sometimes you need a bit prodding or appreciative inquiry to uncover assets, but the endeavor is ultimately about relationships between people who decide to act together.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
08/19/16 09:29:22AM
47 posts

Outreach Material


Shared Resources and Materials

You might want to look at the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis. http://www.culturalwellnesscenter.org/

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
07/12/16 11:26:13AM
47 posts

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


Data, Evaluation, and Research

Hi Jim,

Quantifying this would be difficult, and might actually provide a distorted picture of the utility of the approach.

I believe that the most effective use on ABCD exists when there is collaborative leadership between people who arent necessarily getting paid to help create the change. Each day folks around the world are practicing ABCD without the permission of, or the controlling hand of an NGO or government agency.

There are certainly examples of projects that had a nonprofit or local government in some leadership role, but to try to quantify that subset alone seems a little dangerous to me. I have seen a number of projects led by institutions, that claimed to be using an ABCD framework, but were, in fact, simply engaging in exercises to map the assets of other institutions interested in a particular issue. Of course, this isnt always the case, but counting institution-driven attempts is going to overlook many, many promising strategies.

Perhaps a better approach is to compile stories of success. They are all over this site, and on the ABCD Institute site. Success stories will shine light on the role of institutions as a partner, as opposed to a program developer. We used the story approach for a book meant to inform higher educations rolein asset-based work. People seemed to respond to it.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
06/02/16 04:04:51PM
47 posts

Shared use agreements


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

Hi Sara,

You might look at the agreement that has Metropolitan State University's library also serve as a branch of the public library system in St. Paul. In addition to shared space, I believe they also engage in collaborative program program development.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
06/20/16 01:32:18PM
47 posts

Churches doing ABCD in their neighborhoods?


ABCD and Faith Communities

Hi Kimberleigh,

You might want to look at the book, "Toxic Charity," by Robert Lupton. It provides not only examples, but also a framework to explain the change in approach to church members. Good luck

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
05/03/16 08:32:47AM
47 posts

Do attitude changes using ABCD last?


Data, Evaluation, and Research

Let me clarify. My point about experts was not to diminish the value of institutions, and the wealth of assets that they bring to the table. The production of goods and services (the primary role of institutions) is a critical function in the day-to-day life of communities, and can contribute greatly to the strategies communities create to address the challenges that they face.

My point was to call attention to the frequent disconnect between the goals of academia and academic practitioners (and other expert consultants), to the goals of communities. Pure research around the periphery of an issue, or validation of activities and outcomes by an outside entity, is only important if it is community-based participatory research, where the folks organizing on the ground have created the research agenda, and have a plan for its use to support community goals.

John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
04/13/16 11:16:07AM
47 posts

Do attitude changes using ABCD last?


Data, Evaluation, and Research

Hi Ian. I have spent time in the sometimes uneasy intersection of ABCD and higher education. Here are two quick, initial reactions to your query.

  1. ABCD is not intended as a strategy for the self-actualization of community members. ABCD is about organizing communities to lock arms, and get things done. The goal isnt permanently fixing peoples attitudes, or dispositions.
  2. Peer review is based on an expert model. It is almost the antithesis of ABCD the wisdom of the few having primacy over the wisdom of amateurs. The evaluation that matters is that of the folks who decided to organize, and produce a better future. Look at the literature around the problems with peer review, and you may find insights into your current dilemma.
John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
03/25/16 09:08:06AM
47 posts

Maintenance vs. Real Change


Open Discussions

I recently wrote a piece on my website titled: "Balancing charitable maintenance with actions that achieve real social change." I would like to get some feedback on it, plus get additional insight from folks in this space, before writing a follow-up piece.


updated by @john-hamerlinck: 10/24/16 05:36:14AM
John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
01/08/16 09:08:33AM
47 posts

Talking Pieces


Tips, Tools, Strategies, and Technology

Hi Sheryl,

Id consider doing a little basic community organizing prior to meeting. I am a fan of starting with one-on-one conversations before moving to larger groups. Marginalized people feel unheard for a variety of reasons. Some have experienced poorly facilitated events before, and are suspicious of the processes that theyve participated in. Other people are simply shy, or introverted, and even though they have a great deal of value to contribute, they just shut down in groups. Other folks are simply too busy to attend larger meetings.

One-on-ones can help in all of these cases. The person who has been burned by being shut out of processes before gets validation from a conversation where another stakeholder has their full attention. The shy person feels like they have someone who has their back an ally who could provide support in a larger group. The busy person can at least have their ideas delivered by proxy, and may be tapped to contribute later, at a more convenient time.

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