The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

We invite you to learn about the institute and its work in the university and community context. Please also visit our staff and faculty pages, and become acquainted with our many community partners. We hope you will join us in building strong communities.





We Are Very Excited to Present the ABCD Festival 2015!
June 15-19
Wrea Green, Preston, England

An international celebration of 20 years of ABCD work - Come celebrate and learn with us!
The ABCD Festival will present those who attend with an opportunity to hear from practitioners, local residents and fellow ABCD enthusiasts from around the world about their community building efforts. So if you are seeking stories of transformation, like-minded travelers, and folks willing to ask some ‘wicked’ questions, all against a backdrop of beautiful English countryside, then come and join us!

The festival will be filled with music, dance, local food, pot-lunches and nourishing conversations. We are expecting the founders of the ABCD Institute, John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann, the leaders at the Coady International Institute, and many of the ABCD Institute faculty. We will also be joined by fellow ABCDers from ABCD Asia Pacific and ABCD Europe. And we are inviting people from other citizen-led movements to share their learnings and muse with us.

Festival co-hosts:
ABCD Institute
ABCD Europe,
Coady International Institute
ABCD in Action
ABCD Asia Pacific
Bank of I.D.E.A.S.


For more information click here.



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ABCD Community Story



Our Town Rocks
People's daily lives affect their health in countless ways — from the sense of safety and connection to neighbors, to the availability of healthy food, to access to green space and fresh air. And when a neighborhood is inspired to improve from the inside out by building on strengths rather than dwelling on needs, it can realize improved physical, social and economic health. The S2AY Rural Health Network, a regional health agency, set out on a long-term project to help residents of rural Yates County, New York, kick-start their community. The agency brought residents together and helped them discover their own strengths, and Our Town RoCKS, short for “Raising our Community, especially our Kids, to be Strong," was born.

Click here to learn more about Our Town RoCKS

Do you have a story of ABCD applied in your community? If you'd like to share, e-mail abcd@abcdinstitute.org


Follow Co-Founder John McKnight's Blog

ABCD Institute founder and co-director John McKnight is blogging! Please visit www.abundantcommunity.com to read his latest posts and learn more about his new publication, The Abundant Community, co-written with Peter Block.



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