Talkshoe Conversation with John and Peter: How the "Empty Half" Isn't Really Half Empty

October 21, 2014
1-2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Free conversation with John and Peter with their special guest ABCD faculty member, Judith Snow, trailblazing author, artist and global leader in the disability movement.
Judith has led training and education programs for more than 30 years throughout the US, the UK, Europe, the Caribbean and Canada, and her models have resulted in thousands of people with disabilities getting jobs, homes, new relationships and support systems that lead to full community participation and personal respect.
John, Peter and Judith will talk for about a half-hour about how people on the margin have contributions to make to the neighborhood and the way social policy sustains dependency by putting the money in the hands of paid institutional staff, not the family of the individual.

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 for listening or downloading later.

To listen in and participate in this conversation, click here.
To listen to past conversations, click here.

The Unconference
2014: Participant-Driven Gathering
A Unique and Transformative Gathering You Will Not Want to Miss – Discover new ways of thinking!

October 21-24, 2014 
Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

Kurri Kurri NSW, Australia

The Unconference Agitators will provide the space and experience to support the emergence of social innovation and transformation using the following practices as the frameworks of discovery:
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Circle Work
  • Open Space Technology
  • Person-Centred Practices
  • Theory U
  • World Cafe
  • Social Enterprise
  • Alternative Narratives of Disability
To see a brochure, click here.
To register, click here.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) & Art of Hosting Introduction Workshops       

Time: November 18-19, 2014
Location: Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle
Organized by Dee Brooks

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. ABCD is a strong approach for supporting a productive and inclusive life and recognizes that people learn best by learning from their own experience, having clear principles of practice, and learning from the experience of other community builders.
Drawing on the experience of the facilitators and participants, you will leave with practical tools, skills and ideas on how to:
  • Focus on assets rather than deficiencies
  • Develop and mobilize an asset map
  • Identify natural leaders
  • Discover skills of individuals
  • Build effective partnerships
Come and 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 and reflection to encourage the exploration of a topic.
Drawing on the experience of the facilitator and participants, you will:
  • Discover powerful ways to implement ABCD
  • Leave with increased confidence in hosting group processes
  • Discover how to form "good" questions
  • Explore group dynamics
  • Consider how to plan, introduce and debrief exercises using questions that matter

For more information and to register, click here and sign into the ABCD Asia Pacific Network

Asset-Based Community Development Training/Where Theory Meets Practice

Organizer: The Learning Tree, LLC
Trainer: DeAmon Harges
November 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Lunch will be served)
Broadway UMC, 609 E. 29th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 

The Learning Tree invites you to join ABCD faculty member and "roving listener" DeAmon Harges for this inspiring ABCD training workshop.
Price: $99/person or $300 for groups of six

For more information and to register, click here


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.

To view the flyer, click here.
For more information, to register your interest or book now, click here
For questions please e-mail

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