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ABCD Training

The ABCD Institute at DePaul University is proud to present a two-day basic training event that introduces the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local geographical communities. Presentations and discussions will occur in light of current conversations about equity and justice and will enable participants to think deeper about responses to these challenges.

Where: DePaul University  
Chicago, IL
October 21 and November 1, 2017

Who Should Attend:  People who seek an introduction to ABCD in the context of local geographic communities. Though not a requirement, experience shows that the effectiveness of the training is greater when more than one person from the same organization attend together. This training may also serve as a “refresher” opportunity on ABCD basics for others who are already somewhat familiar with the approach.

Trainers:  The course will be led by four experienced trainers of the ABCD Faculty affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University, Byron White, Mary Nelson, and Mike Green. The Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute, John McKnight​, will also make a guest presentation. 

Registration: Registration will be on a first come first serve basis and will cap at 50 people. 

More information and to register for the training event​


Online/Dial-up Conversations with John McKnight and Peter Block

John and Peter host periodic free half-hour conversations with special guests on building community, connecting with the people in your neighborhood and creating alternative futures in local economies, education, health care and other domains of community life.

After the lead-in discussion, John and Peter will open the conversation up for questions and comments from anyone who wants to stay around.

It's easy to listen and participate. If you can’t listen live, the conversation will be archived.

July 25, 1:00pm EST – Cormac Russell: How Community Animators Work Around the World 

​September 12, 1:00pm EST– Sarah van Gelder 

No advance registration needed

To listen or join a current conversation
To listen to a past conversation



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