Every Friday I post some links to articles, videos or other resources that have caught my eye during the week. This week they all focus on asset-based community development or asset-based community-driven development (ABCD).
A basic guide to ABCD organising by John McKnight – a 20 page introduction to asset-based community development by one of the co-founders. It includes 16 community building questions (page 19-20).
A glass half full: How an asset approach can improve community health and well-being by Jane Foot and Trevor Hopkins – a 32 page report (but there’s a one page summary on page 6) from the UK including a brief overview of a number of techniques.
A new take on ABCD – Asset Based Citizen Led Development? by Sarah Frost – some background on Ikhala, a small grants funding program, from Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
A Potted History of Asset Based Community Development by Cormac Russell – a brief history of ABCD written for a festival (15th – 19th June 2015) in the UK celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the ABCD Institute in the USA.
What’s the Matter with Asset-Based Community Development? by Akwugo Emejulu via What Works Scotland – a bit of a critique of ABCD (with a different view of its history) based on a longer article not freely available on the internet. If you are interested in more details about the longer paper, please contact me (via the contact form).
Beyond ‘glass half full’ – the politics of ABCD from This estate we’re in – some reflections about “the dangers that an ABCD approach brings to the surface, the tightropes it makes us walk.”
One from the vaults
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