Tag Archives: Asset based community development

New resources on asset-based community development (ABCD)

I’ve just added the following resources to the reading list on asset-based community development (ABCD) I’ve created. Cameron, C., & Wasacase, T. (2017). Community-driven health impact assessment and asset-based community development: An innovate path to community well-being. In R. Phillips … Continue reading

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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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A reading list on ABCD (over 100 resources)

[Updated 19 October 2017 to add new resources. Click here for a list of the new ones.] The following are readings I’ve collected about asset-based community development (ABCD) and other asset-based approaches to working with communities. (If you want you … Continue reading

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Social change and strengths-based approaches

In 2009, after both my daughters had started school, I was ready to become involved in social change groups again. A few years earlier I had become immersed in strengths-based approaches to working with communities and wanted to explore this … Continue reading

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A passion for upcycling

Cathy (my partner) is all fired-up about a new Transition Newcastle project. It really demonstrates the value of focusing on people’s skills and passions. She, and a number of people, are very excited by the potential of this project. The … Continue reading

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Strengths-based approaches to social change

I’ve just had an article published in openDemocracy under the Transformation theme. Called “If you care about changing society, focus on strengths” it discusses the relationship between strengths-based approaches and social change, using the Transition movement as an example.  In it … Continue reading

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Some weekend reading

This weeks’ weekend reading doesn’t have any theme (besides being posts that have caught my eye over the week). There are some reflections on asset-based thinking, high school ethics, nonviolence, anxiety and playing with food. Make sure you look at … 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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