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    Capacities and Capacity

    By John Hamerlinck, 2023-05-22
    ABCD is rooted in the belief that the capacities of community residents, leveraged with their collective relationships, can be organized to improve the quality of life of the community. Most...
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    ABCD Institute Steward Jennifer Hirsch and Director of Serve-Learn-Sustain at Georgia Institute of Technology would love to see someone with and ABCD orientation fill this position . In...
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    Our Brother Has Passed On

    By John L. McKnight, 2023-01-03
    I first met Jody as we were active together in the civil rights movement of the 1960's. Prior to that I think he had a job writing for Time Magazine. We came together at Northwestern University...
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    Digital assets - a "new" ABCD asset?

    By Deb Wisniewski, 2022-12-06
    I'd like to start with a story about digital assets in my small rural community during the start of COVID. Our community relies on tourism for much of our economy here. We are a busy place during...
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    Call for Papers for Themed Volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement Asset-based Community Development and Community-based Research: Compatible agents in...
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    The future is Now, Today not Tomorrow 

    By Bikeke Saimon, 2022-11-12
    Listening from communities on their priority needs is essential. However, most people in leadership has not considered this as a tool for inclusive decision making in development and actions....
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    Evaluating Rural ABCD Efforts

    By John Hamerlinck, 2022-10-27
    During the recent Unconference, I participated in a session on evaluating and measuring the success of some seemingly unmeasurable ABCD efforts. In our small group discussion, I mentioned that...
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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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    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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