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ABCD Institute Training: An Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development

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Registration Fee: $695 for the 2.5-day training event. An Early Bird discounted fee of $625 for those who register before April 30, 2019. A limited number of partial scholarships are available and will be reviewed through an application process. 
Contact Kim Hopes for more information.
Maximum Number of Registrants: 50 participants on a first come first served basis, therefore register early!

 ​Faith-Rooted Training for Your Organization

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Chicago ABCD Community of Practice Gathering

When and Where
Tuesday, April 30, 2019  
6:00pm - 8:00pm
ICA GreenRise Building, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago

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. 

April 30 Topic: 
The City of Chicago and various regional planning agencies have created, with the assistance of “experts," a number of sustainability programs. As is typical of top-down planning, the challenge consists of convincing the general population to become involved in these programs. In an ABCD context, this a classic example of relating to people as “consumers.” The "Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network” (CSLN) is an alternative to this dominant approach. It consists of people from neighborhoods who are engaged in a variety of initiatives driven by people’s own interests, concerns, and passion. In a peer-to-peer relationship, CSLN is a collaborative effort to enhance the collective voice and impact of these initiatives. It also fulfills a critical dynamic of bottom-up work to connect with top-down planning. 

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 Tamarack Institute's Vibrant Community Webinars:

Caring Counts: A Celebration of Natural Caring
Date: April 9, 2019 at 1-2 pm EDT
Speakers: Vickie Cammack and ABCD Faculty members Paul Born and  Al Etmanski

Principles and Practices of Asset-Based Community Development
Date: April 30, 2019 at 1-2 pm EDT

Speakers: ABCD Faculty members John McKnight and Cormac Russell

Building Inclusive Communities​
Date: May 9, 2019 at 1-2 pm EDT​
Speaker: ABCD Faculty member Jim Diers​

Venue: Diakonia Institute, Nirobi, Kenya along ngong rd
Time 8:30 - 4:30
Registrations Fee: Ksh 3,500or $35

​NGAO Society in Partnership with Diakonia Institute is proud to present a two day workshop event that introduces the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)​
ABCD Institute Faculty member, Ruben Medina
Anthony Richard Hulula
Bob White

For more information and to register

Abundant Community's 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.

May 14, 2019
1:00 pm Eastern Time
Marge Spinney
Re-Imagining Community

Marge invented the idea of renter equity and through her work with the Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity inspired housing residents to participate and achieve success using community-based management principles and practices she designed.

No advance registration needed
To listen or join this conversation
To listen to a past conversation​​​​​​

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Tamarack Institute's Vibrant Communities presents: 
ABCD Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Cities​

May 28-30 Edmonton Canada

ABCD Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Cities is a three-day learning opportunity featuring world-renowned thought leaders like John McKnight, Jim Diers, Cormac Russell, Vickie Cammack, Al Etmanski, Paul Born and Howard Lawrence, as well as local practitioners, that will surely inspire you. There will be 20 workshops covering topics like building a sense of community, evaluating community work, community from an indigenous perspective, the role of caring in community, and two experimental tours. 

Each morning participants will hear from two world-renowned keynote speakers and panels. These panels will dive deeper into the work residents do to build community. This will include small and large group conversations and creative design features that include asset mapping, active twitter feeds, a neighbor market and much more. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in one of two Masterclasses and to earn a certificate in either Asset-Based Community Development or Neighborhood Revitalization.

For more information and to register.​

Power to the People ABCD Master Class with ABCD Faculty member, Peter Kenyon and National Community Engagement Conference​

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National Community Engagement Conference
When: August 15-16, 2019
Where: The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Woden,  Australian Capital Territory 2606
ost $550.00 for two days (includes GAT)
For more information about optional masterclasses and to register for the conference​

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Asset Based Community Development Masterclass
When: August 14, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $275 (includes GAT)

The relationship between organizations and communities is changing and this change is going to require a fundamental shift in behavior from both officers in organizations and residents in communities. In this stretching and refreshing Masterclass, Peter Kenyon, who is a thought and practice leader in Asset Based Community Development, will provide participants with the opportunity to look at three fundamental questions for creating sustainable and resilient communities:

  • What can communities do that organizations cannot?
  • What can organizations do that communities cannot?
  • What can communities do with organizations that neither can do alone?
Peter will demonstrate why he believes that the traditional customer segmentation and needs analysis approaches are the way of the past, and that a focus on assets and strengths is the future.