Forum Activity for @ron-dwyer-voss

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
03/08/18 10:02:50AM
47 posts

Lodi uses its assets and youth leadership to transform a corner


ABCD and Youth

 Check out @instlocgov video highlighting @cityoflodi @ChamberLodi #ABCD #LoveYourBlock.  Learn how local residents used their assets to turn a blighted corner into green space w/ a mural designed by local youth Jose Gomez. Love Your Block Video

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
02/16/16 10:15:04AM
47 posts

ABCD IN EGYPT LUXOR


ABCD and the Environment

Hi Lis,

How is your project coming along? Please give us updates so we can all learn from your experience.

Ron

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
02/16/16 10:11:39AM
47 posts

Asset Maps


Asset Mapping & Gift Inventories

Hi James,

The best I have seen for your purposes is Google Maps. As you have pointed out, that has limits. BatchGeo works well too. I like Google because you can use a variety of icons to represent individuals, associations and institutions. Batchgeo on the other hand has a more attractive and simpler output. Google Maps is a little easier to crowdsource, but you have to share login, etc.

Ron

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
11/24/15 09:34:18AM
47 posts

Evaluating Relationships with Community Partners


ABCD and Institutions (Universities, Hospitals, Government, Libraries, NGOs, etc.)

Hi Teryn!

I am a co-founder of this site and am thrilled to see you/UCDavis here. I live in South Natomas and would be happy to meet or chat by phone on ways to assess and improve your relationships with community partners. Maybe we could develop a tool that we could share with the rest of ABCDinACtion.

The program you work with is so innovative and valuable!

Let me know if you want to chat,

Ron Dwyer-Voss

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
03/17/15 10:19:55AM
47 posts

When the Internet generation thinks ABCD is a dinosaur?


ABCD - Getting Started/Challenges

In my trainings I usually have 1-2 folks in their 20s or 30s that think the obstacle to participation is lack of external incentive. They usually respond to their assumption by proposing 'mandatory" requirements, or providing more information to cognitively convince people that they want to participate. Of course, both solutions are short lived at best. I find it useful to ask them what they believe about the people they want to participate that making participation "mandatory" will solve.

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
12/01/14 09:29:11AM
47 posts

People Do Not Need Programs


Open Discussions

Our friend Dan Duncan recently posted this blog on LinkedIn. What do you think?

People do not need programs to improve their lives. Programs are an artificial construct developed in the dance between grantors and grantees to help nonprofits re-package themselves to ensure continued funding. What people need are an increasing number of positive relationships and activities to help them become producers of their own and their communitys well-being. The best work nonprofits can do is to help the people they serve build relationships, especially in the neighborhood or community were they live and work to remove barriers so the people they serve have a real opportunity to become producers and not just program recipients. We need everyones gifts to build strong communities not more programs.


updated by @ron-dwyer-voss: 10/24/16 03:45:18PM
Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
10/29/14 04:38:52PM
47 posts

ABCD and ethno-cultural communities


Tips, Tools, Strategies, and Technology

This is Great!

Many of us on the ABCD Faculty began including "Cuture and Stories" as a primary asset area quite a while ago. The traditional five areas of a community's assets are: Individuals, Associations, Institutions, Economy and Physical areas. Add ing Culture and Stories has been very powerful in my experience, primarily because of the relationships, history and skills/gifts that are linked to cultural experiences.

What will your cultural mapping exercise look like?

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
08/12/14 01:54:28PM
47 posts

Spanish ABCD Resources?


Shared Resources and Materials

Hi Alicia!

I have some - mostly translated from the materials Mike Green has put together. Where would you like me to send them?

Ron

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
03/31/14 09:51:44AM
47 posts

When partners want to help what should I do?


Tips, Tools, Strategies, and Technology

Hey John!

The good news is that this is a sure sign of success! I meet so many communities that have set a goal of connecting with official 'leaders.' It is usually a terrible goal because it encourages communities to leap frog over their own assets and ignore their own latent power. I advise them to create success in their communities using what they have, and THEN the leaders will be interested in them - a much better power dynamic!

You and the good folks of Stan. County have done that! Evidenced by the requests you are getting.

I usually suggest the following -

1. Never agree to connect an official to a community without asking the community first.

2. When asking the community, encourage them to think of WHY they would accept that request and WHAT they want out of the meeting.

3. Before the meeting, prep the community leadership. Make sure they are comfortable and conversant in their own principles and ready to articulate their own assets. You, as a facilitator/organizer, don't need to ground the officials in the ABCD approach, but the community does. In so doing, the community reinforces its own power and establishes their own relationship with the officil. This happens best during the introductory part of the meeting as the group describes who they are, what they do, and what they are working toward. That is a good time for them to explain to the official how they value their own assets and where their internal power comes from as their "approach to building community." That will help the official to speak and respond within the context of the community's power and confidence.

4. At the end of the meeting or connecting conversation it is often helpful for someone from the community to summarize any agreements or understandings. I like to use a "Responsible/Accountable" framework (see Peter Block, Community). In a meeting like this I suggest the designated community leader state what the group takes responsibility for (i.e. what we have the power and intent to do for ourselves) and what they would like the official to be accountable for (what would support our efforts if you did with or for us), and how that will happen.

5. I also think it is valuable for the community to turn the tables of the conversation at the end and ask "What are you working on or interested in accomplishing?" and "How might we be helpful to you?" This does a couple of things. First, it will rock the official's world. No one ever asks that. Second, it reinforces the mutuality of the relationship. Yes, you can come meet with us and ask 'how can I help you,' and we can do the same thing. Finally, it is a short learning conversation with the official and as such, acknowledges her/his assets and gifts and desires as well.

I also like Dee's idea as an overall approach to shifting the culture among officials in your area.

Let us know what happens!

Ron

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