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September 26-28, 2018 in Aurora, CO

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The ABCD Institute at DePaul University is proud to present a two and a half day basic training event that introduces the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local  communities. Presentations and discussions will occur in light of current conversations about equity and social justice and will enable participants to think deeper about responses to these challenges. This training will include site visits on Day 3. 

Who Should Attend  People who seek an introduction to ABCD in the context of local  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 2.5-day event will be held September 26, 27 and 28, 2018, at the Elevation Christian Church in Aurora, CO.

Registration Fee  $620.00 for the 2.5-day training event. Register before June 29, 2018 for the Early Bird discount fee of $560. 

Workshop Leaders  The course will be led by ABCD Faculty and Fellows affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University – Rachel Dahlke, Ron Dwyer-Voss, Rubin Medina and Dacia Steiner. The Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute, John McKnight, will also make a guest presentation. 

To apply for a limited number of partial scholarships, please email Kim Hopes at

For more information and to register for the Aurora, Colorado Training​

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.

Guests 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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