Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block – The Hometown of Your Dreams

John, Peter and their special guest Jeff Yost talk about different ways neighborhoods, communities and local organizations can organize and manage economic and social assets to support places where people want to live, raise families, do business, work and enjoy the good life.

Jeff is the president and CEO of the Nebraska Community Foundation. Not your typical charitable foundation, NCF believes that community development philanthropy is more than just grant making and donor-directed gifts. It is all about actively engaging the only people who can build and sustain local communities: the people who live and work there.

To listen to this 
December 9 conversation and other past conversations, click here

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

February 16-17, 2015
Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, Australia

Come and join ABCD Institute Faculty Member Dee Brooks and two other skilled facilitators over two days in a fun-filled, hands-on workshop where you will leave with the ability to immediately apply your learning!

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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