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ABCD Institute National Training Event, Chicago, IL 

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The ABCD Institute at DePaul University is proud to present a two full-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.

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.

When and Where The 2-day event will be held June 12 and June13, 2018, at the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University in Chicago. Each day will begin at 8:30am with day one ending at 5pm and the second ending at 4pm. Lunch will be provided on-site as an inclusive part of the training while evenings are open for informal gatherings and sharing at the personal expense of participants. Lodging is the responsibility of each registrant though a list of possible locations under FAQ's may assist registrants in making their personal arrangements.

Registration Fee  $595.00 for the 2-day training event. Registration begins April 6. Register before May11, 2018 for the Earlybird discount fee of $535. A limited number of partial scholarships are available and will be reviewed through an application process.

To obtain a partial scholarship application, please email Kim Hopes at

This event will be streamed for participants who cannot attend in person due to caregiver responsibilities. Upon request, lactation spaces will be made available for breastfeeding mothers. Upon request, event organizers will strive to provide onsite child care or a list of local child care providers who can be engaged during the event.  Participants requesting this support will be connected so they can share child care. 

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Asset-Based Community Development Workshops with ABCD Institute Co-Founder John McKnight

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Kansas city, MO
The Power of Neighborhoods: The Residents
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dinner/networking (optional) 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Workshop 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

How the Philanthropic Community Can Strengthen the Capacity of Neighborhoods (Please Only Register If You Are a Funder)
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
9:00am - 10:30 am

How Organizations Can Mobilize the Power of Neighborhood Residents
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00  pm

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Asset-Based Community Development for Healthy Neighborhoods 

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The Tamarack Institute

Kitchener, Canada | April 17-19, 2018

Asset-Based Community Development: For Healthy Neighborhoods is a three-day opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Asset-Based Community Development with a focus on Neighborhood Development and Community Health. Join us in Kitchener, Canada (a short distance from Toronto, Ontario) for a rare opportunity to learn from Cormac Russell and John McKnight, two of the world's top trainers in Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), for their first time together in Canada.

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ABCD Training, Pueblo, CO

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Friday, April 27, 2018
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
220 W. 10th Street, Pueblo, CO

Agencies are encouraged to send 2 or more people to this training.

This event is grant sponsored and is FREE to registered participants.

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Clear Impact 2018 Results for Health Conference Pre-Conference Workshop:

Engaging Clients Customers and Communities for Greater Health Outcomes

May 16-18, 2018
Ashville, North Carolina 

Join ABCD Faculty member, Dan Duncan in a pre-conference workshop.

Workshop Overview

There is a growing body of research that indicates that social capital can have a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, the Social Determinates of Health, includes the Social and Community Context and Neighborhood and the Built Environment as two key determinates to a recent study by  researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that demonstrates that maintaining strong social bonds, starting from a young age, increases life expectancy by reducing health risks throughout a person’s life.  

This workshop is for individuals interested in discovering the power of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) as a tool to help increase social capital and build stronger more effective strategies by engaging clients, customers and communities as co-producers of their own and their community’s well-being.

ABCD is a place-based framework pioneered by John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann co-founders of the ABCD Institute at DePaul University (formerly at Northwestern University). ABCD starts with a few simple truths: 1) everyone has gifts (skills and abilities); 2) everyone has something to contribute, and; 3) everyone cares about something and their passion is their motivation to act. Healthy neighborhoods and communities are built on the strengths and capacities of their residents and associations that call the community home. To unlock the power of community engagement, schools, nonprofits and governmental entities must “lead by stepping back”, creating space for clients, family members and neighbors to be involved as co-producers of their own and their community’s well-being, rather than just recipients of service.

Workshop Objectives;

Participants will learn:

  • Why place-based strategies, community engagement, and social capital are critical to building healthy communities
  • The framework and principles of Asset-Based Community Development
  • How organizations can “lead by stepping back” to create space for effective community engagement
  • How to employ the asset mapping tool to identify and mobilize all a community’s assets for greater health outcomes.
  • How ABCD and RBA can be applied together for greater results.

Dan Duncan is a Senior Consultant with Clear Impact, LLC. He has also been a faculty member of the ABCD Institute for more than 25 years. Dan has extensive professional management experience in the non-profit, educational, and for-profit professional service sectors. He currently lives in Florida.

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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.

Guest through August 2018 will be:

February 20 - Paul Sparks, Parish Collective - connecting churches and neighborhoods

March 27 - Ann Livingston, founder of the Vancouver Area Network of Dug Users - organizing the unorganizables.

May 8 - Thom Allena, community and organizational psychologist - how restorative justice takes place in the neighborhood.

June 26 - Joseph Kovitch - pioneering the church in action.

August 21 - Paula Ellis, Kettering Foundation senior associate, former senior media executive, journalist, and Knight Foundation officer, longtime leader in journalism innovation and community engagement - changing the narrative for community leadership.

No advance registration needed

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