From Needs to Assets - A New Approach to Community Building

Submitted by Natasha Pei on December 11, 2017 - 2:37am

In this one-hour introductory session to asset-based community development, explore a paradigm shift that will help you to better understand a new approach to working and interacting with people, that is empowering for neighbourhood residents. Rather than focusing on neighbourhood needs, we will explore the importance of neighbourhood capacities and assets as the essential focus of effective local community-building.

In this session, John McKnight, the founder and co-director of Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), dives into the basic principles and practices of an asset-based approach, and identifies key factors for implementing an ABCD strategy to create more vibrant communities.

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Take Your Learning Further

  • Read "Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path to Identifying and Mobilizing Community Assets", by John McKnight and John P. Kretzmann. Find it on Amazon.
  • Attend ABCD Imbizo 2018 , the 3rd International ABCD Conference, taking place in South Africa from February 21 – 23, 2018. Learn More: http://abcdinstitute.org