Tag Archives: Asset based community development

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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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 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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ABCD and Making the invisible visible

This is a great TEDx talk by DeAmon Harges demonstrating some features of asset-based community-driven development (ABCD). The following are a few of the great quotes that stood out for me. Find the gifts and talents of everyone in the … Continue reading

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Domestic violence, family, friends and neighbours

Domestic violence is still largely seen as a private matter between two individuals and few services successfully engage the informal social networks (e.g., family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues) of survivors [1]. Even ‘community’ responses, frequently focus on service providers … Continue reading

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Reflections on using conversations in a course on community engagement

In the undergraduate online community engagement elective I teach, I introduce students to strengths-based approaches (e.g., asset-based community-driven development and appreciative inquiry). To encourage them to think about the difference between deficit-based questions and strengths-based questions, I ask students to … Continue reading

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Bottom-up community development

  [Updated 15 March 2018] “You cannot waltz into a community and fix the world…. no matter how well you can dance” (Melinda Jurd, a speech pathology student doing an elective on community engagement). I love this quote and I … Continue reading

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The power of questions

In the undergraduate course I teach on community engagement I ask students to have a conversation with two people. I ask them to ask one person about: What they think is wrong with their community? What are the major needs … Continue reading

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