Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and special guest Tom Mosgaller

April 7, 2015
1-2 p.m. Ea

Tom is an ABCD Institute faculty member with more then 25 years of experience in organizational and community development as a manager, teacher and consultant to the public, private and nonprofit sectors. His passion lies in assisting communities, organizations and individuals to come together to create great places to work, learn and grow.
John, Peter and Tom will talk for about a half hour about different ways individuals and neighborhoods can work at the intersection of communities and institutions to build local capacity and wealth.
Then they'll open the conversation up for questions and comments from anyone who wants to stay around.

It's easy to listen and participate. If you can’t listen live, the conversation will be archived.

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Interested in a Two-Year Paid Fellowship Doing Asset-Based Community Development Work in South Carolina?

The Metanoia Fellow Program is taking applications for summer 2015
Application deadline: April 1, 2015

Metanoia is an award-winning community development corporation working in North Charleston, South Carolina. Metanoia is pioneering a grassroots approach to Asset-Based Community Development that involves discovering and growing the capacities of distressed but high potential neighborhoods to help these neighborhoods renew themselves from within.

Learn more about the Metanoia Fellows

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ABCD & Art of Hosting Introduction Workshops
2- Day Training Programs

Facillitators Michelle Dunscombe and Dee Brooks

April 15 and 16, 2015
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

North Shepparton Community and Learning Centre
Street: 10–14 Parkside Drive
Shepparton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
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April 20 and 21, 2015  
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Whittlesea Community Activity Centre 
Wittlesea, AUSTRALIA
Organized by Michelle Dunscombe & Dee Brooks
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Come and learn how Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a powerful approach to community work that focuses on discovering and mobilizing the resources already present in a community.
Explore how facilitating interactive workshops and group processes is good sense when bring stakeholders together to create innovative solutions.
Facilitation requires different skills to presenting and public speaking and a skillful facilitator draws on a variety of processes to promote discussion & reflection to encourage the exploration of a topic.

s: Policies & Programs – A National Gathering   

June 8-10, 2015

Hamilton, Ontario
Dr. John M. Perkins Centre
1429 Main Street E.
Hamilton, Ontario L8K 1C2

Neighbors: Policies and Programs will welcome community builders from a diversity of sectors throughout North America. Included in the line-up are ABCD co-founder John McKnight and ABCD faculty members Paul Born and Jim Diers. Here you will find the inspiration, knowledge, programs and practices you need to cultivate the leadership to engage and mobilize citizens and then work with them to realize their shared hopes for the future. Together, we will explore the emerging patterns, innovative programs and policy priorities that are needed to establish a supportive environment for citizen-led, neighborhood engagement which can serve as a catalyst for system-wide innovation.

This gathering is for you if you are:
  • A community-builder seeking to enhance your knowledge of policies, programs and practices that can advance neighborhoods and quality of life in your community
  • A neighborhood leader wanting to find new ideas to inspire you and further your work
  • A staff member or volunteer in a neighborhood association
  • A policy-maker in government, a city employee, or elected official involved in positive neighborhood change
  • A member of a community organization who intuitively knows that strengthened engagement with residents is essential in creating effective programs;
  • A planner or researcher who recognizes that that innovation is needed in how we plan and design our neighborhoods
  • A leader in a non-profit organization who is working to mobilize action for positive community change
If you have any other questions contact Christie Nashat She is happy to answer any questions you might have.

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We Are Very Excited to Present the ABCD Festival 2015!
June 15-19
Ribby Hall Village
Wrea Green, Preston, England
Fee: £480 GBP (per person) convert to dollars

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.

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