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    Community Security and the Institutional Assumption

    By John L. McKnight, 2021-01-12
    Throughout America, communities are establishing task forces to respond to police abuse and the murder of Black citizens. These task forces have variously recommended cuts in police budgets...
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    The Unexpected Benefits of ABCD

    By John Hamerlinck, 2020-12-21
    “Happy accidents are real gifts, and they can open the door to a future that didn’t even exist. It’s kind of nice sometimes to set up something to encourage or allow happy accidents to happen.”...
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    Still on Top: A Manager’s Story

    By John L. McKnight, 2020-12-08
    He was a corporate leader in a big city, well known for his progressive views on corporate responsibility. Indeed, he had led the corporate community in efforts to achieve equity and engage...
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    My father kept an old family Bible in his wardrobe. This wasn’t kept for religious observance but because it contained information about our forbears and a family tree. He would, on occasions,...
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    The next issue of   Practice Insights Magazine   will focus on the Stories of ABCD, in collaboration with the ABCD Institute. What is ABCD? Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) is a...
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    The Unstoppable Advance Of Common Decency

    By martin simon, 2020-11-18
    The Unstoppable Advance Of Common Decency   The very first practical responses to the coronavirus pandemic were led from the ground up by front liners, families, friends, neighbours and...
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    Introduction Local Councils can be confusing. They can cover a broad range of work in the community from roads, waste, water, parks, halls, facilities, amenities, parking, development...
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    Co-production: Always in Second Place

    By John L. McKnight, 2020-10-12
    It was the first meeting of a neighborhood organization’s Health Committee on Chicago’s westside. The six members met in the living room of Gloria Blunt’s home. After considerable discussion as...
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    Local Government and Community Building

    By Alan Blackshaw, 2020-10-01
    Introduction  Local Government is the level of government closest to the community. From this it would be expected that one of the important functions of Local Government would be in...
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    ABCD Toolkit launched

    By Philip I Booth, 2020-09-30
    Community Building before and since Covid-19 We were all set to launch our Community Building Guide in March of 2020 but Covid-19 put that on hold. We share this guide with you...
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    Being Seen: Turning America Downside Up

    By John L. McKnight, 2020-09-09
    Many Americans of diverse persuasions feel that they are not “heard”. They express their grievances in various forms from demonstrating in the streets to posting on social media. The focus of...
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    Design for the Commons

    By Malikia Johnson, 2020-09-04
    Hello Everyone,  My name is Malikia Johnson and I am a new member of the community. It's been so nice to see everyone's stories and reflections about this very important work! I wanted to...
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    Supporting Your ABCD Efforts During a Pandemic

    By John Hamerlinck, 2020-09-02
    So we can't gather. That’s unfortunate. However, we can still do a number of things to move our community change efforts forward. We can always learn. You can never have enough evidence at...
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    Social Connection. It's That Simple

    By Alan Blackshaw, 2020-09-01
    Over lunch today I had one of the local commercial radio stations on in the background. At one point they were promoting a Volunteer Expo happening at the weekend. The radio announcer summed it...
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    Reflections on John Lewis

    By Robert Francis, 2020-08-04
    Reflections On John Lewis On John Lewis  These past several days have been very moving for me with the passing of John Lewis. When American democracy seems to be falling apart, he...
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    ABCD in Action – Strength Based Approach to Refugee Settlement By Om Dhungel As a practitioner of ‘Strength Based Approach’, I often get told that people working with refugees cannot...
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    Ibram X. Kendi, How To Be An Anti-Racist Most of us in the ABCD world might consider ourselves pretty advanced in the world of anti-racism but I came away from reading How to be an...
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    Ten Days that Changed the World

    By Mark Chupp, 2020-06-30
    Ten Days that Changed the World Mark Chupp June 22, 2020 Words create worlds. The power of narrative affects the future. The one that controls the narrative controls the future. We...
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    Moving from Police to Community

    By Jim Diers, 2020-06-22
    Confronted by unanticipated expenses and greatly reduced revenues due to COVID-19, local governments are searching for a way to balance their budgets. Fortunately, Black Lives Matter is showing...
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    Inventing Organisations: an emergent response to growth Power and Participation As community development workers, we invite community members in to discover ways of working together...
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