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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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    The goal of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is to leverage a group’s collective strengths to engage in action that leads to change. ABCD reflects an inclusion-embracing worldview, and...
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    ABCD Peer Reviewed Journnal Articles


    By Allison Lourash, 2020-06-04
    Posting this from a Facebook conversation where some students were seeking articles- specifically for assignments and such. Here is a working document that is from the Literature Review of my...
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    Community Building and Crime Prevention


    By Alan Blackshaw, 2020-06-01
    Recently, I was asked if Community Building, in particular, Asset Based Community Development, could reduce or prevent crime. My candid response was yes. The look on the questioner’s face...
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    Since COVID-19 erupted, I've been trying to find the "right" way to be useful. My attempts to help connect my neighborhood in Indianapolis, which I've moved from for now so my family can have...
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    Social Justice and Community Development


    By Alan Blackshaw, 2020-05-01
    Spend any time around community organisations, community services, educational facilities, health facilities and government agencies you will stumble across the term Social Justice Principles....
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    An Occasional Book Review -- Michael Mather, Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: finding abundant communities in unexpected places   My friend and fellow ABCD faculty member...
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    Covid-19 Can't Harm Your Gifts


    By Bruce Anderson, 2020-04-13
    Covid-19 Cannot Harm Your Gifts Where do gifts come from? Whether you believe your gifts spring from your genetic makeup, a scientific phenomenon like a “big bang”, or as a gift from a...
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    We are living in an unprecedented, unpredictable, and scary time. It is hard for all of us. After several conversations with colleagues and much reflection on how collective impact efforts...
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    Thinking Beyond the Pandemic


    By John Hamerlinck, 2020-04-06
    I work at a university. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are all waist deep in trying to navigate the new normal brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not alone. This is a...
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    Pondering on Leadership and Management


    By Alan Blackshaw, 2020-04-01
    Introduction Over the last two or three years I’ve spent time considering leadership and management models/styles that are compatible with leading teams of Community Development workers....
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    At the start of any asset-based initiatives, the identification of local assets is the essential starting point. Nonetheless, in many neighborhoods, most of these local assets are not...
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    Intro!


    By Anthony Giambroni, 2020-03-18
    Hey friends, I am not sure how I missed this element of the ABCD Institute & community, but I am glad to be here now! I started my work in faith communities from 2013-2018 and towards...
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    In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, public health officials are warning us to practice social distancing. That seems like good advice given the contagious nature of the disease, but it is...
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    Institutional Precipitation


    By John L. McKnight, 2020-03-03
    It’s my understanding that in chemistry, a precipitant is a reagent that produces a reaction of which it is not a part. It is analogous to one form of institutional action in relationship to a...
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    In 2018 the International Association of Community Development (IACD) released International Standards for Community Development Practice. The release of the standards was the result of...
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    Community Building is a Lot like Running


    By Alan Blackshaw, 2020-02-01
    I haven’t always been a runner. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t so long ago that going for a run was the last thing on my mind. Now I regularly run 5kms two or three times a week. When I...
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    What Counts?


    By John L. McKnight, 2020-01-23
    It’s useful to conceptualize what counts as a means of evaluation. Counting is a limited tool. It doesn’t really help much in determining whether there are new friendships and a web of mutual...
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