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    It's been 40 years since Jody Kretzmann and I began the research that resulted in the publication of Building Communities From the Inside Out (The Green Book).  It sparked what we now know as...
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    ABCD Institute hiring Network Connector

    By Allison Lourash, 2024-05-01
    The Asset-Based Community Development Institute is hiring a Network Connector. This is a new position to help connect members of our new network/website (more on that soon).  Here is the link to...
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    Right-wing politicians are attacking programs and policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at colleges and universities (and ultimately, all levels of education) in the...
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    ABCD Resources on Early Childhood Literacy?

    By April Doner, 2023-08-25
    Hey y'all, Does anyone have resource recommendations on ABCD and Early Childhood Literacy? I'm flying out to NY to join some library leaders around this topic in a couple of weeks...
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    ABCD Resources List

    By April Doner, 2023-08-24
    Hi all, I've put together this ABCD Resource list, in part to help myself keep track of all the great resources, videos, etc. that are explicitly on ABCD or on parallel / aligned practices...
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    ABCD Announcement

    By Kim Hopes, 2023-08-22
    New Publications added to the ABCD Institute website, Improving Health Equity through ABCD and Using Data to Tell Your Community's Story are ABCD workbooks co-authored by Darryl...
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    The Stewards of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute indicated that the development of a neighborhood culture is the new frontier for ABCD work. The following list is a...
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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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    Our Brother Has Passed On

    By John 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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    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 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 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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