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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, Loop Campus
1 East Jackson, Room 8002 
Chicago, IL
October 31 and November 1, 2017
Day 1: 8:30am-4:45pm
Day 2: 8:30am-4:00pm

Who Should Attend:  People who seek an introduction to ABCD in the context of local geographic communities. 

  • How do I get local people more involved in my organization's work?
  • How does a community move toward a wider circle of people working together to realize goals?
  • How do I make ABCD work in my neighborhood?
​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.

Workshop Leaders:  The course will be led by four experienced 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

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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.

September 12, 1:00pm EST– Sarah van Gelder , YES! Magazine co-founder; founder director PeoplesHub

Who Has the Skills to Build Community? We All Do
Twenty years after founding YES! Magazine, Sarah is starting up a new project: PeoplesHub, an online space where communities can learn and share the skills of making powerful change.
Sarah's most recent book, The Revolution Where You Live, tells the stories she gathered on her 12,000-mile cross-country journey. Everywhere she went, she found people who were re-making America from the ground up, taking on the climate crisis, wealth inequality, and racial exclusion. That journey was the inspiration for PeoplesHub, which is launching in late September. 
Join us as we hear from Sarah about her journey and her vision for PeoplesHub, and then explore ways that this sort of community building can be translated into your own work. 

No advance registration needed

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


Save the Date - ABCD Imbizo 2018 - 3rd International Conference, South Africa


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Where: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

When: February 21-23, 2018

What: Following from the Blackpool and Goa ABCD Festivals, the 2018 ABCD gathering of ABCD practitioners, community members, academics, government and business partners will take place in South Africa and will be called an Imbizo (isiZulu word meaning an important gathering of the community). At this Imbizo, the unifying elements of ABCD across the globe will be explored and debated, in plenary and small group sessions, as well as fun, interactive, skills-sharing events.

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