Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block and Guest Mark Anielski: The Meaning of Genuine Wealth

On December 9, John and Peter hosted special guest Mark Anielski, author of the best-selling book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth.
John, Peter and Mark discussed ways that communities and other organizations can assess, build and sustain their genuine wealth — the human, social, natural, built and financial capital assets that contribute to well-being, sustainability and ultimately happiness.

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

Power of Asset-Based Community Development

Friday, December 19, 2014
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Robert L. Taylor Community Center
1845 34th Street, Sarasota, Florida
Presented by SCOPE

A dynamic and interactive workshop hosted by ABCD Institute faculty member Dan Duncan and ABCD practitioner Mary Butler
  • Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
  • How to Make ABCD Work in Your Neighborhood and Community
  • How Agencies Can Use ABCD for Greater Impact and Results
Seats are limited
Admission includes breakfast and lunch, Catering by Word of Mouth

Early-bird registration before November 28
Individual $50
Associations/Organizations/Groups $45 (two or more people)
Students $25

After November 28
Individual $55
Groups $50
Students $30

A range of sponsorships are available. Check them out here.

For more information call Mary Butler at 941/365-8751 or e-mail
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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