Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block: Health Is a Neighborhood Issue

September 9, 2014 
1-2 p.m. Eastern

Free conversation with John and Peter with their special guest Jackie Reed, the founder and former president and CEO of Chicago's Westside Health Authority. The mission of WHA is to use the capacity of community residents to improve the health and well-being of the community.

John, Peter and Jackie will talk for about a half-hour about health as a neighborhood issue and how WHA defines “health” broadly, including the social and physical environment which contributes to the people's mental, physical, and spiritual well-being; their relationships with family, friends and neighbors; and their ability to find stable employment.

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.

On the Ground Cleveland: Igniting the Power of Everyday People

September 15-18, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio

Join a remarkable array of funders, practitioners and grassroots leaders for Grassroots Grantmakers' annual On the Ground learning exchange, designed in partnership with Cleveland's highly regarded neighborhood Connections grassroots grantmaking and community building program.
  • Explore resident-led grantmaking with some of the most experienced resident grantmakers in North America
  • Connect with people who are approaching community building as social innovation
  • Take a behind the scene look at game-changing partnerships between key community institutions and neighborhood residents
  • Share your successes and challenges with others who are working in local communities to ignite the power of everyday people
  • Recharge your batteries and add new tools to your community change toolkit
  • Experience a unique adventure in building a learning community together

For more information click here

The Art of Facilitating Asset-Based Community Driven Initiatives

Melbourne, Victoria
October 14, 2014
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

A one-day workshop is being held for community enthusiasts and community builders with an interest and commitment to Asset-Based Community Driven (ABCD) philosophies and methodologies, and who want to further their facilitator skills. It is being facilitated by Jim Diers and Peter Kenyon, both faculty members of the ABCD Institute.

For more information 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.


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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