Most communities address social and economic problems with only a small amount of their total capacity. Much community capacity is not used and is needed! This is the challenge and opportunity of community engagement. Everyone in a community has something to offer. There is no one we don’t need.
Inclusion takes both Person-Centered and Comunity-Centered work
By Mike Green
ABCD’s particular contribution to inclusion comes from its focus on the whole community rather than on individuals. Its goal is to grow the conviction that there is no one we don’t need and develop meaningful action from this conviction. Through ABCD organizing. well-connected people build networks of connections into community life. The question for connector-leaders is, how do we get everyday community members to be inclusive because they recognize that reaching out to everyone benefits the whole community?
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of … Continue reading →
The gifts of the head, hand and heart exercise can be adapted in many ways. Below are some ways that people have used the exercise although, feel free to be as creative as you like in using the exercise to gen-erate conversations between individuals, with groups or the larger community.
This is a compendium of tools compiled from a Training of Trainers course in Asset-Based Community-Driven Development (ABCD). This course was offered by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS, South Africa) and the Coady International Institute (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada) in November 2012.
Asset mapping is a positive and enjoyable approach to learning about your community. It enables you to think positively about the place in which you live and work. It also challenges you to recognize how other people see and experience the same community.
Through the Community Research Lab, we share best practices and methods for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) interested in supporting their strategies with research that combines community knowledge with Healthy City technology.
As seen through the lens of a Campus Kitchen, the Asset-Based Community Development premise means that the feeding and empowerment work a kitchen does can be enhanced and strengthened by utilizing assets within a community and connecting them with one another in ways that multiply their effect.
Community Asset Mapping, Mobilisation and Management (CA/M) Approach: A Case Study
As opposed to needs-based approaches, which use a definition of the deficiencies of a community that need to be addressed as a starting point (“needs analysis”), asset-based development approaches begin with identifying and building on the assets or capacities that a community already has.