Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block: 2015 Line-Up

Here's the 2015 schedule and guests for free online/dial-in Conversations with John and Peter.
All are at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

June 2 – Ruston Seaman, New Vision Renewable Energy
August 4 – Edd Conboy, Philadelphia’s Broad Street Ministry
October 6 – Michelle Long, BALLE
December 8 – Dan Grego, TransCenter for Youth

John, Peter and their guests usually talk for about a half hour about different ways individuals and neighborhoods can work to build thriving and prosperous communities. Then they 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.

Click here to listen or join a current conversation

Click here to listen to a past conversation.

An ABCD Training Opportunity!!

Creating sustainable Community
A Two-Day Training in Asset Based Community Development 

May 20-21, 2015

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Mount Madonna Institute Community Studies
Watsonville, California 

Join ABCD Faculty member Ron Dwyer-Voss and the Mount Madonna Institute for a 2-day ABCD training workshop. Wonderful hospitality, peaceful vistas over the Pacific, meandering deer and other wildlife, delicious food and optional yoga and meditation classes, Mount Madonna is the perfect setting for an in-depth, stimulating and restorative ABCD training.

Register early as spaces are limited

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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: June 15, 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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Paid fellowship opportunity description 

To find out more about Metanoia, visit

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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For more information, to register your interest or book now
For questions please e-mail

Collective Impact Summit

September 28 - October 2, 2015
Vancouver, Canada

Join the Tamarack Institute for their Collective Impact Summit, an exclusive learning experience that will bring you the most current thinking and resources from the emerging field of Collective Impact. It is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of practitioners who are discovering new ways to lead, engage, and transform communities by tackling our most complex issues. ABCD faculty members Al Etmanski and Paul Born will be among the presenters.

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