I'm an ABCD practitioner, storyteller / roving illustrator and coach / consultant based in Indianapolis, IN. I was drawn to community and knowing peoples' gifts from a very young age, but found the words that matched my passion in college in 2005 when my favorite Sociology professor handed me the "big green book" (McKnight & Kretzmann's original ABCD book.) I practice ABCD in my own neighborhood and most recently have been leading a national project coaching capturing learnings from museums and libraries who are engaging with their communities using an ABCD framework. I have a wonderful 3 year old daughter and also enjoy exploring how ABCD helps parents, children and families thrive through my own experiments in cultivating neighborly mutuality in my own life.
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"What Brings You Joy? An urban neighborhood strengthens its community by asking unexpected questions"
It's been an absolute wonder and privilege for me to witness how the asset-based, neighbor-led work here in Indianapolis has sprouted and spread, ever since I first visited after meeting De'Amon Harges ("The Roving Listener") at an ABCD workshop in Chicago. I hope you'll enjoy this wonderful write-up about just some of the magical stuff now happening here, which we lifted up last week on The Abundant Community.
by Shari Finnell
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(And/or, come visit! Many groups have taken a Learning Journey here and found rich treasures of learning to bring home for their own efforts to center community, neighbors and abundance.)