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A downloadable training program based on Building Communities from the Inside Out (1995).
The overwhelming response to Building Communities from the Inside Out created a demand for additional training in the ideas, tools and methods it describes. This video training program introduces the concept of "asset-based community development" as a new and more effective method of community building. The program consists of six separate modules, each lasting 30 to 45 minutes. They are below in fourteen 15-minute segments. John McKnight and John Kretzmann present clear, practical ways to mobilize the capacities of local residents, the power of citizens' associations, and the resources of local institutions to build stronger and more vibrant communities.
Segments 1 - 7
Segments 8 - 14
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Cormac Russell and John McKnight discuss the unseen dynamic of power in community life, and wonder if there is a sort of hydraulic relationship between community space/effort and the institutional space/effort. How can institutional dependency be decreased and interdependency in community life can be increased.
How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what's wrong within a community Cormac argues we need to start with what's strong. We need to help people discover what gifts they have and to use those gifts to enrich those around them. This video features a short overview of the history of ABCD, and stories of community efforts in the UK and Rwanda.
Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has redefined what it means to serve its urban community. Learn what faculty members, Mike Mather and DeAmon Harges are focusing on.
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Paul shares how everyone has the potential to be a leader even in places where we don't look for leaders, especially in those places.
In his 40 years working with impoverished American communities, John McKnight witnessed incredible social change at the grassroots. He discovered that the majority of the solutions to issues like unwanted teenage pregnancy and crime depended on empowering local citizens and building relationships at the community level. Although social innovations disrupt the status quo in boundary-breaking and sector-spanning ways, change begins with the individual and their surrounding network. - Social Innovation Generation Plus.
ABCD Institute faculty member Al Etmanski is an author, advocate and social entrepreneur. President and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), he led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first registered disability savings plan. Al has written two best-selling books: A Good Life and Safe and Secure. He is a founding member of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Social Innovation Generation (SIG) collaboration.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In Ralph Ellison’s novel The Invisible Man, a man discovers his true self and how to others he’s invisible. People judge him because of where he lives. They see everything but him; he’s a figment of their imagination. His invisibility isn’t the problem; it was the construction of their eyes. In marginalized places, people's gifts are invisible. What if we bothered to take a deeper look? What if we took the time to visit, connect, identify and celebrate those gifts and share the rich lived experience of those we pretend not to see! We may see our own greatness through their reflection.
At Broadway United Methodist Church ABCD Institute faculty member, DeAmon Harges (Indianapolis, IN USA), is the original “Roving Listener.” By listening, he discovers the gifts, passions, and dreams of citizens in his neighborhood, using them to build community, economy and mutual delight.
DeAmon’s work is rooted in the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), joining neighbors and institutions to discover the power of being a good neighbor. His organization Tesserae Learning Community brings those ideas and others to the forefront of community and organizational life.
As an artist, DeAmon uses his art for social change and community building. He characterizes his work as “deep listening” and “positive deviance” — a big difference from typical models of neighborhood organizing.
This video explains what the Active Aging Research Center has done in Richland County with asset-based community development."Wonderful video is a very useful description of the variety of activities that ABCD can stimulate." – John McKnight.
A four-part video series of John McKnight introducing ABCD principles. Video posted on his website, the Abundant Community. Watch ABCD 101
ABCD Faculty member Jim Diers explores the key steps towards fostering effective community-government partnerships through examples of his work in Seattle.
A 3-minute trailer and 40-minute full documentary that tells the story of how three communities in the Philippines were engaged in a participatory design process to design their own systems of organic waste management in support of local food production. The documentary describes the Asset Based Community Design (ABCD) approach that was used. It was made possible by an IDRC (International Development Research Center) ECOPOLIS Graduate Student Award. Co-directed and co-produced by Jeannette Tramhel with Mario Guzman.
MALAKAS! Using ABCD for the Design of Sustainable Cities. 40-minute documentary (2010). MALAKAS! Using ABCD for the Design of Sustainable Cities. 3-minute Trailer (2010).
ABCD Faculty member Ron Dwyer-Voss, discusses how ABCD draws on existing strengths of local residents, associations, and institutions to build stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities. He shares strategies, tools, and examples of how ABCD can be used to engage community residents and support them in understanding and applying their power to improve their neighborhoods.
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Community and Its Counterfeits, Part One
Community and Its Counterfeits, Part Two
Community and Its Counterfeits, Part Three
A series of three programs John McKnight recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Ideas program in 1994 with commentator David Cayley. The transcripts for this show were among the most requested of Cayley's productions and they have recently been made available as podcasts.
Robert Thompson and co-host Mike Neiss continue their Leadership for the Common Good blogtalkradio series with an interview with ABCD Institute faculty member, De Amon Harges. DeAmon is the original “Roving Listener” as a neighbor and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. His role is to listen and discover the gifts, passions and dreams of citizens in his community, and to find ways to utilize them in order to build community, economy and mutual “delight.”
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