Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development - Australia

A lovely introduction for new practitioners of ABCD in Western Australia - tell your WA friends!

Time: April 26, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Denmark Library
Organized by: Josephine Lebbing

Event Description:
ABCD Denmark, Western Australia

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a methodology that seeks to uncover, highlight and utilize the strengths, capacities and resources within communities. It recognizes that everyone in the community has skills, abilities, talents and experience that they can use in order to make their community a better place. In this workshop we will look at the Asset-Based Community Development approach, practice re-framing our views and language to a ‘glass half full’ perspective, and highlight some of our local ‘assets.’ This approach views everyone as potential community builders.
When we come together, share our visions, and nurture our ability to work together effectively, we are empowering ourselves and our communities.

See more details and RSVP on ABCD Asia Pacific Network - click here

Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight  and Peter Block
May 13, 2014
1-2 p.m. Eastern
Conversation with John and Peter: Putting Technology to Work in Building Community

Free conversation with John and Peter with special guest Ed Everett, former city manager and now city strategist at John, Peter and Ed will talk for about a half hour on how technology and social media can bring neighbors closer together and strengthen community ties. 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 to this and other past conversations, 
click here.

Also on Talkshoe...
Innovative Funding for Citizen-Initiated Change

"Innovative Funding for Citizen-Initiated Change," John and Peter's April 1 conversation on how funding organizations and institutions support neighborhoods where everyday people can individually and together as community builders and change-makers. Their special guest is ABCD faculty member Janis Foster Richardson, executive director of Grassroots Grantmakers, a nationwide network of people, organizations and institutions leading citizen-driven community change. 

To hear other previous conversations with John and Peter, click here

Facilitating Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshops -  Australia

Perth, Western Australia - June 2, 2014
Launceston, Tasmania - June 6, 2014

Jim Diers and Peter Kenyon will come together again to deliver their popular accredited ABCD Workshops in the two Australian Centres of Perth (June 2) and Launceston (June 6). These one-day workshops will provide the knowledge, skills and passion to facilitate ABCD projects.

For more details e-mail Peter Kenyon at

Community: Programs and Policies
Join us for this national gathering
June 23-26, 2014
Kitchener, Ontario 

Join ABCD faculty members Peter Block, Paul Born, Al Etmanski and John McKnight along with Vickie Cammack and Sherri Torjman for this national community building gathering. This gathering will welcome community builders from a diversity of sectors and our learning will be guided by lead thinkers, authors, and activists on the topic of exploring the programs and policies that deepen community.

Together, we will explore the emerging patterns, innovative programs and policy priorities that are needed to establish a supportive environment for citizen-led community change and can serve as a catalyst for system-wide innovation.

For more information on this and other Tamarack events, click here.

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