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Chicago ABCD Community of Practice Gathering

When and Where
Thursday, November 29, 2018  
Loyola University
1032 Sheridan Road , 
Room 206
Chicago, IL

Colleagues from the ABCD Institute at DePaul University are initiating a "Community of Practice" (CoP) for local development practitioners who are interested in, and attempting to apply, an asset-based approach in their work. The invitation is also extended to anyone in Chicago, regardless of level of familiarity with the ABCD Institute, who understands development as being driven by, and produced by local residents. We anticipate this CoP will evolve through peer-to-peer relationships where people share their experiences with one another and seek in-depth reflection and input about improving the effectiveness of their work. Our second gathering of the CoP will be on Thursday evening, November 29, 2018, at Loyola University, 1032 N. Sheridan, in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago at 6:00pm. We welcome everyone to attend so we can deepen our understandings of each other and ABCD work taking place in the Chicago region.

Use this link to RSVP to the gathering.​

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2019 International ABCD Festival in Goa India January 14-18, 2019

Have you ever aspired to visit and discover India? Well this is the ultimate low cost opportunity, with the bonus of gathering with others passionate about Asset Based Community Development. The Bank of I.D.E.A.S. with a range of other international community development groups are planning this learning and exchange experience in the beautiful Indian state of Goa – a place where East and West have been meeting for over 500 years. This will be an amazing event, and very low cost. Plan now to be there and think how you may want to formally contribute through a presentation / workshop / cultural performance.  

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Check out the venue, the International Centre Goa

If you would like to present or facilitate a session, please contact

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

Abundant Community

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.

November 27, 2018

1:00 pm Eastern Time

Paula Ellis

Changing the Narrative for Community Leadership

Community engagement activist and civic entrepreneur will lead off by talking about her work as a news, corporate and civic leader deeply immersed in national and community issues. Then we will explore ways that her work with local groups and institutions to restore community vitality can apply to your own community-building work. We will finish up the call by asking for your questions and insights.

No advance registration needed

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