Tag Archives: ABCD

An example of asset-based community development

Asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) is built on four foundations (Kretzmann, 2010; Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993; Mathie & Cunningham, 2003): It focuses on community assets and strengths rather than problems and needs It identifies and mobilises individual and community assets, skills … Continue reading

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The relationship between community engagement and community development

Community engagement is at the heart of community development. In her useful discussion of community development, Jessica Smart (2017) discusses the difference between community-based work “which involves the community”, and community development, “which is led by the community” (para. 5, … Continue reading

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Updates to the reading list on ABCD

I’ve just updated the reading list on ABCD (over 100 resources). I’ve added nine articles or other resources. Most of them are fairly old (still worth looking at) but some of them are quire recent. Please let me know of any … Continue reading

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Mobilising community assets and volunteers can have side effects

One of the strengths of asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) is how it builds on the passions and skills of volunteer community members. It’s amazing what communities can achieve when they rely on their own resources. But there can be a … Continue reading

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A reading list on ABCD (over 100 resources)

[Updated 20 April 2017 to update links to the new ABCD Institute webpages] The following are readings I have collected about asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) and other asset-based approaches to working with communities. (If you want you can read my … Continue reading

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Saturday Quote

I find this quote by Ron Kral quite powerful as it captures one of the foundations of asset-based community-driven development.  He wrote it in the context of education, but it applies in many other contexts too. If you liked this post … Continue reading

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A brief history of ABCD in Australia and New Zealand

The ABCD Asia Pacific Network originally published this as The Emergence of ABCD in Australia and the Asia Pacific. It was written by ABCD Asia Pacific co-founders and members (particularly Judi Geggie and Dee Brooks – but they’d probably deny … Continue reading

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Some weekend reading

Every Friday I post some links to articles, videos or other resources that have caught my eye during the week. Some might be quite recent, but others might be older ones I have revisited or recently discovered. They will mainly … Continue reading

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Some good articles/links – ABCD

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 … Continue reading

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How painting can transform communities

In this TED talk, Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn talk about their community art which involves working with local communities to paint entire neighbourhoods. It is a wonderful example of a bottom-up approach to community development. I found their description … Continue reading

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