Tag Archives: Strengths-based approaches & ABCD

Libraries and community engagement

I’m meeting with somebody soon to discuss a workshop on asset-based community development (ABCD) for library staff. To help prepare myself I’ve been looking at some resources. Not surprisingly there isn’t much on ABCD, but there is quite a bit … Continue reading

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It’s nearly time to go: ABCD with transient caravan park communities

An article originally published in Parity in 2009. Caravan parks play an important role in pathways in and out of homelessness; and many marginalised residents are currently, or have been, homeless (Stuart, 2007). Because of their clearly defined boundaries and … Continue reading

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Learning from ABCD in Ethiopia

A video about asset based community development in Ethopia. A documentary by Write This Down Productions for Oxfam Canada and the Coady International Institute. If you liked this post you might also like: ABCD in Ethiopia More on ABCD in Ethiopia Making … Continue reading

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Introducing ABCD in a workshop

At a recent workshop, we asked participants to read a story about an elderly Aboriginal woman living in a little camp with her dogs on the edge of town (Sanders 2011, p.9). After reading the story we invited them to … Continue reading

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Shareable: How to Map Assets & Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures

Donnie Maclurcan, a co-founder of the Post Growth Institute and one of the panelists at the One Just World forum at our Fair Share Festival earlier this year, has some useful tips on how to undertake an assets map focusing … Continue reading

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ABCD stories

The Coady International Institute has just published a series of stories on asset-based and citizen-led development.  The stories include one about the work of the Family Action Centre on caravan parks. If you are interested in finding more, you might … Continue reading

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Fair Share Festival

The Fair Share Festival (9-11 March at Hamilton Public School in Newcastle) is now less than four weeks away! It is looking great, but there is still a lot to do! There are a few events that particularly interest me. … Continue reading

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Building on the strengths of communities

Dee Brooks and I had a brief article published in Defence Family Matters. They asked us to focus on the importance of passion and the work we have been doing with the Defence Community Organisation. It starts on page 12.

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Cormac Russell explains Asset Based Community Development

Cormac Russell is the Managing Director of Nurture Development which provides training, research, community building, facilitation and conflict mitigation services to the Third (Community and Voluntary), the Public and the Private sectors.

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The importance of gatekeepers.

Two things have recently driven home to me the challenge of trying to engage people we want to engage, but who aren’t really interested. The first was when I was talking to a colleague about a physical activity and health … Continue reading

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