ABCD Institute > About > Values


​​​​The ABCD Institute supports a large and growing movement for sustainable community development. We believe that possibility, power, and promise exist in every community. Asset-based community development begins with the gifts of people and their capacity to organize to create the world they want to see.

Start Small
ABCD values small, grassroots, resident - driven approaches that use stories as the basis for learning, sharing and acting for change.​

Build Relationships for Mutual Support
ABCD believes that relationships are the core of flourishing communities. Relationships create trust and activate gifts and power.

Nurture Citizen-Led Action
ABCD defines a citizen as an active contributing member to the wellbeing of their community regardless of legal status. When citizens act together, they demonstrate their own power and bring about positive change. ABCD values everyone’s voice and contributions.

Work for Equity and Justice
ABCD fosters a world where all people thrive. ABCD helps people use their gifts to work in their communities to disrupt systemic oppression and regenerate power in new and creative ways. 

Believe in Possibility
ABCD is rooted in hope. People in communities, even in extreme situations, can use their gifts to imagine ways to create change.

 Lead by Stepping Back
ABCD shines a light on residents’ power to contribute to and make decisions in their communities.   The work of institutions is to lead by stepping back to support residents’ efforts to create and implement the changes they seek for their community.  

Include Everyone
ABCD does not just invite people to the table but builds a new table where everyone has a true place. ABCD celebrates and values diversity. We are better when more diverse voices are present in shaping who we are and how we practice ABCD.