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    Register for the Unconference!

    By Allison Lourash, 2022-09-11
    Sessions have been scheduled and registration is open for the 2022 ABCD Unconference. This is a free event that last 48 hours over Zoom (you do not need to attend all 48 hours). Connect with...
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    The Connected Community: Homecoming

    By John L. McKnight, 2022-09-08
    Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, The Connected Community , by John McKnight and Cormac Russell CHAPTER 1 - Homecoming Rediscovering the Value of Community From...
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    By Alan Pakaln, 2022-08-19
    Two projects I have been working on, evolving over the past several years. One Big Problem addresses global warming - it came about just out of my personal recent awakening....
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    ABCD in South Africa

    By Janine Ward, 2022-08-11
    Hello to everyone and a special shout-out to my fellow ABCD colleagues in Mzansi (South Africa)! I just want to invite you all to join our Mzansi ABCD Magic WhatsApp group, where we share success...
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    One argument for diversity is that is ensures participation and creates the power of being heard. It is expressed by the popular maxim, “Nothing about us without us.” Implicit in this idea is...
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    Healing Starts Here: Grant opportunity

    By ABCD in Action, 2022-06-06
    The New Pluralists funder collaborative just launched Healing Starts Here, a new project that commits $10 million to support organizations and initiatives in local communities with grants ranging...
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    Submissions Are Open For The 2022 ABCD Unconference

    By Michelle Dunscombe, 2022-05-16
    Hi Everyone, On behalf of the Unconference global organising team, we are thrilled to announce submissions to present at this years ABCD Unconference in October 2022. This year you...
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    Losing by Playing the Blame Game

    By John L. McKnight, 2022-05-12
    If you attend the meetings of many neighborhood organizations, their focus is mainly on local issues. These often include unruly youth, dangerous alleys, graffiti, lack of jobs, dangerous police,...
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    Transparency and Trust: From Looking in to Being in

    By John L. McKnight, 2022-04-07
    One explanation for the failings of our democracy is that government is not trusted. One aspect of the national dialogue on restoring trust in government suggests that a critical reform is...
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    The Dutch Association of Mayors invited me, as a representative of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, to visit their 20 largest cities and share an asset-based approach with...
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    Creating Trust: The Unique Power of Associations

    By John L. McKnight, 2022-02-10
    It is not difficult to distinguish the functions of physical tools from each other. No one uses a saw to drive a nail into a piece of wood. Likewise, no one attempts to cut a piece of wood with a...
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    NEW free short course at Village In The City

    By Mark McKergow, 2022-02-08
    Hi everyone,  As people involved in ABCD work around the work, you might be keen to engage with Introduction to Village In The City , our new one-hour self-paced online course.  This is a...
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    2nd Rural Community of Practice Offering We are now offering a second option for Rural ABCD Practitioners to meet in a Community of Practice format. T his group will meet every other month on...
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    Rural ABCD Community of Practice 2022 Update

    By Rebekah Scher, 2022-01-06
    There are some exciting developments happening in the Rural ABCD Community of Practice! Below are some of the developments happening for the group in the new year. In the January meeting, the...
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    There is a curious cultural myth in modern societies that holds that a good life is achieved by consumption of the products of institutions and professionals. This superstition believes, for...
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    On Oct. 13 & Oct. 20, I had the pleasure of co-hosting two ABCD Global Gatherings that were focused on this question: How Can Community Residents and their Associations Be Leaders of...
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    By John McKnight - Co-Founder, Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Senior Associate, Kettering Foundation And Mike Butler - Retired Public Safety Chief, Longmont, Colorado...
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    New Community Funding Opportunity

    By ABCD in Action, 2021-10-20
    Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) community funding programs are meant to support community partnerships that tackle racial justice and health equity challenges in their community by building...
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    By John Hamerlinck, 2021-09-10
    “There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life -reciprocity.” -- Confucius In the world of community-building there may be no concept more important than...
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    One form of community organizing involves local citizens in collective action focused on issue. Issues emerge from tensions and contentions. They reflect the dissatisfaction or anger felt by...
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