Seven principles of asset-based community-driven development (Jim Diers)

This is a short video with Jim Diers (from Neighbor Power) in which he outlines seven principles of asset-based community-driven development (ABCD).

The seven principles are:

  1. Have Fun
  2. Start where people are…
  3. But don’t leave them there (Strive for results)
  4. Don’t sit on your assets (Gifts of the Head, heart and hands)
  5. Lead by stepping back
  6. Celebrate success and recognise caring neighbours
  7. Share stories

If you liked this post you might want to follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog),  and you might like to look at:

  1. What is asset-based community-driven development (ABCD)?
  2. Angela Blanchard – Building on the strengths of communities
  3. What is Kids’ Vegies on the Verge?
  4. Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
  5. What is Appreciative Inquiry?

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
This entry was posted in Strengths-based approaches & ABCD, Working with communities and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Seven principles of asset-based community-driven development (Jim Diers)

  1. Hi Graeme, I am enjoying your blog and thought you might find this post interesting. We were using appreciative inquiry to create dream murals of how we wanted our community college to be:

    I also thought you might find the Tamarack institute really interesting – John McKnight and Peter Block just collaborated with them on looking at collective impact in creating change:


I'd love to hear what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.