Tag Archives: Asset based community development

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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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: Have Fun Start where people are… But don’t leave them there (Strive for results) … Continue reading

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Angela Blanchard – Building on the strengths of communities

In this TEDx talk, Angela Blanchard (Neighborhood Centers Inc) discusses a strengths-based approach to working with communities. It is an example of what asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) looks like in practice. ABCD is built on four foundations: It focuses on … Continue reading

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Jane’s Walk- Street Art/Graffiti In Toronto

This is a great example of building on community assets (as advocated in asset-based community-driven development) while also promoting understanding and building social capital. Jane’s Walks are free neighbourhood walks led by local volunteers. The walks can focus on local … Continue reading

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