HomeEvents & FunctionsAsset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Immersion Workshop

27-29 November 2017
9.30am – 4.30pm
SydWest Multicultural Services
Level 2, 125 Main St, Blacktown

3 Day Immersion Program
Sliding scale: $500-$900 (excluding GST – more details below)

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The Difference

The 3-day Immersion is for anyone who works or lives in a community; that’s everyone! It is for service providers, consultants, organisations and community members who would like to further explore an existing project or initiative or develop an idea during the experiential which is underpinned by the following principles:

  • No death by PowerPoint
  • Peer to peer village learning
  • Project development opportunities
  • Based on decades of grassroots experience
  • We learn by being involved and having fun together!


The What

Experience how to blend ABCD with a range of powerful strengths-based approaches to community work which, focus on discovering and mobilising the resources already present in a community and discover how complementary methodologies and practices can co-create powerful outcomes. You will leave with practical tools & skills on how to:

  • Focus on assets rather than deficiencies
  • Develop an integrated set of asset maps
  • Discover proactive intersections between methodologies
  • Apply strengths-based monitoring and evaluation techniques
  • Build effective partnership strategies
  • Increase confidence in hosting group processes
  • Form “good” questions and proposals
  • Explore group dynamics and decision-making processes


The How

Experience how to blend ABCD with a range of powerful strengths-based approaches to community work and participatory practices through co-design, innovation & collaboration processes and practices. Move through dialogue to action & discover how to address complex challenges and explore how facilitating interactive workshops and group processes is good sense when bringing stakeholders together to create innovative solutions. By exploring the following methodologies & practices, participants will learn how these weave together for collective action:

  • Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
  • Results Based Accountability (RBA)
  • Change and/or Social Labs
  • Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations & Work that Matters
  • Circle Methodology
  • World Café
  • Open Space Technology
  • Appreciative Inquiry & SOAR
  • Graphic Harvesting
  • DEC Thinking & Breath Patterns
  • Presencing & Theory U
  • Next Stage Organising & Living Systems


Through these methodologies you will:

  • Discover underpinning frameworks to:
    • Shape your projects and/or ideas
    • Develop a “roadmap”
    • Sustain long-term work
  • Experiment with dozens of tools and techniques for:
    • Engagement
    • Visioning
    • Action
  • Leave with confidence and practice in how to:
    • Develop, maintain and nurture relationships
    • Get a diverse range of voices around the table
    • Engage others in conversations that matter



“We have scientific and technical labs for solving our most difficult scientific and technical challenges. We need social labs to solve our most pressing social challenges.”


(Zaid Hassan, The Social Labs Revolution)



The Why

Many of the challenges that communities face require transformational change from organisations to support the raising of community member’s voices, knowledge and skills and to effectively tap into the communities’ current networks and resources. The Experiential will support participants to deepen their understanding and learn new techniques and strategies for work in:

  • Citizen &/or Community-led Initiatives
  • Asset-based or Place-based projects
  • Collective Impact &/or Action work
  • Collaboration for Change &/or Community Conversations
  • Participatory Citizen’s Juries &/or Budgeting, & more


Participants will have the opportunity to collectively respond to societies’ Wicked Challenges along with supporting each other through learning participatory practices and processes to discover new ways of working together!


The Who

The Experiential will be individually and collectively beneficial for all participants, ranging from neighbours and community groups to services and organisations.

Community members and groups will:

  • Learn skills on hosting participatory processes
  • Develop a deeper understanding of group dynamics
  • Discover how to create space for collective decision making

Practitioners and organisations will:

  • Discover how to lead by stepping back
  • Explore ways to encourage local buy-in
  • Develop deeper community-led practices and processes


#Community engagement #Community development #Community building #Community capacity building #Community organising #Community-led #Citizen-led





The Facilitators

DeeBrookse-CDee Brooks; Agitator, Blender and Chief Hugger of the Jeder Institute is a passionate community engagement and development trainer who has trained, facilitated, consulted and presented to thousands of people over two decades in a range of community, organisational and government settings. Dee’s background is in youth work, community research and community development and she is a firm believer in the power of tapping into the collective wisdom of a community to strengthen what’s already there.

Dee is a Faculty Member of the ABCD Institute, a Steward of the International ABCD In Action network, a founding member of the ABCD Asia Pacific network, Director Oceania for the International Association of Community Development (IACD), an Art of Hosting Steward and Practitioner, a Senior Facilitator of DRUMBEAT for Holyoake and a founding member of The Unconference.


OmDhungel-COm Dhungel, FAICD, MBA, B.Sc. Engg: Om is a consultant and a practitioner of Strength-Based Approach to refugee settlement and community development. He also operates as a Strategic Connector assisting corporations to develop meaningful collaboration with organisations in the NFP sector as well as offer Innovation-Aware Governance and Community Engagement training. A Fellow and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Om has served on the Boards of a number of organisations including Settlement Services International (SSI), SydWest Multicultural Services and MTC Australia. A 2016 Westpac Social Change Fellow, he is the founding President and currently a senior Advisor of the Association of Bhutanese in Australia (ABA) Sydney and is a recipient of 2016 Community Service Lifetime Achievement Award and 2012 National Volunteer Award amongst many other accomplishments. Further info: www.omdhungel.com.


MichelleDunscombe-CMichelle Dunscombe is an enthusiastic community development practitioner, facilitator and trainer. She is passionate about strengthening regional and rural communities, developing community leadership capacity, building community resilience and supporting community members to take action.

Michelle is a Fairley Fellow (’13), a co-facilitator of the ABCD Asia Pacific Network, and a member of the International Association for Community Development (IACD) with a wealth of experience working with communities and community organisations. Michelle utilises participatory leadership practices to support community led initiatives including facilitation of community and kitchen table conversations. Michelle has extensive experience working with bushfire affected communities, since 2009 she has held roles with Murrindindi Shire Council, the Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and the Kinglake Ranges Foundation.




Participation Fees – A Sliding Scale

We operate with an open and transparent budget including a sliding scale for participants:

$A500–A$900 (excluding GST)

An important learning we have been working with is how to appreciate and honour the diversity of economic factors that would encourage people to join us in participatory leadership work.

We invite you to be in this learning with us as we look to cover all costs, contribute to the economy of local networks and pay a reasonable fee to the hosts of the training.

We offer a sliding scale of $A500–A$900 (excluding GST) that will include participation in the 3 day training, food and resources and encourage you to consider how you can be part of this amazing experience.

You get to decide what you consider to be a fair price, or within your training budget, and then we request that you consider offering a little more which could support others to attend.

If this is still beyond your capacity, please talk to us, or indicate this on your registration form. Help us walk our talk to assist as many willing people as possible to attend.


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