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Throughout more than 30 years of community organizing and community development work, Kretzmann and McKnight gathered the stories of residents who built stronger neighborhoods by focusing on their strengths instead of their deficiencies. These stories are brought together in Building Communities from the Inside Out, the publication that launched the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. Now a must-have volume for community builders around the nation and the world, the Green Book, as it is fondly known, also launched the development of an extensive library of community building publications.

Kretzmann and McKnight encourage ABCD faculty members in the communities where they work to capture their own asset-based community development efforts into publications to be shared with community builders everywhere.

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    The Basic Manual
    Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets (1993). The seminal volume in which John Kretzmann and John McKnight explain the principles and practices that guide the asset-based community development approach.

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    The Training Guide
    "ABCD in Action: When People Care Enough to Act" supports a practical approach to creating community collaborations that work with organizing principles and best practices, examples of ABCD organizing in action, learning exercises, worksheets, and reflections.

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    Basic Training Slides
    These are helpful tools when presenting the ABCD principles, understanding what they can do, and comparing organizing practices.

  • Publications by Topic

    A complete list of papers and workbooks available in pdf format, written by ABCD staff and faculty on a wide range of community development issues.

  • ABCD Focused Books
    A series of books and articles about the theory and practice of asset-based community development and its many applications in the United States and around the world.