Asset-Based Community Development
and Effective Group Processes
Asset-Based Community Development: Asia Pacific Network
Asset-based community development (ABCD) contrasts with traditional problem-solving philosophies by focusing on the assets and strengths of a community rather than its needs and weaknesses. It was developed in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s by two men, Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight, in response to the problems facing many inner-city neighbourhoods at the time.
Kretzmann and McKnight have visited Australia many times over the years, most recently in 2006 with a national series of train-the-trainer workshops. There is now a lively community of individuals and organisations who have adopted their original philosophy and applied it – with variations – to their own particular area.
The ABCD Asia Pacific Network is a group of organisations, well versed in the principles of ABCD, who offer support, showcase successes, provide hints on how to approach challenges, and give ideas on how to evalulate your ABCD-based program.
Click on the links below to find out more about:
- The Ning social networking site (includes ABCD resources, books to buy, events and free downloads)
- The principles of Appreciative Inquiry through the Imagine Chicago and Art of Hosting sites
- ABCD at work through the Stories of Success
- The ABCD Mailing List
Facilitating Group Workshops
Want to build on your facilitation skills?
This series of workshops, delivered by experienced FAC Facilitator, Dee Brooks, will help you to develop your facilitation skills and practice new techniques in a safe environment where you will leave with an increased confidence in hosting group processes.
Who should attend?
Parenting Program Trainers
Practical Development Skills Facilitators
Anyone who is facilitating a group
For more information - download registration form - click here