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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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Waiting at the Intersection of ABCD and Collective Impact

Posted by Liz Weaver on April 2, 2019

I recently received an email question from a colleague curious about the different approaches identified in the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and collective impact frameworks.  They commented that ABCD seemed to be more grassroots driven while collective impact seemed to be more top down driven.  This question led me to consider our approach at Tamarack to understanding and incorporating different organizing frameworks into our thinking and training. I thought I would share my response with everyone. 

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What Makes Your Neighbourhood Work an Asset-Based Community Development Process?

Posted by Heather Keam on December 20, 2018

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is not a new concept. About 40 years ago, John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann, took a four-year learning journey, visiting twenty cities and talking to 2,000 people in neighbourhoods which culminated in the book Building Communities From the Inside Out: A Path Towards Finding and Mobilizing a Neighborhood’s Assets. They wanted to discover if people knew who lived on their block and if they do things together. From this journey, 125,000 books have been sold and a movement was created.

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Seeking Teachers: Stories and Questions in Asset-Based Community Development

Posted by Joel R. Burton on August 2, 2018

I wish to acknowledge Paul Born and the entire Vibrant Communities team at the Tamarack Institute, with special thanks to Heather Keam for the invitation to reflect on the masterclass workshop at Asset-Based Community Development for Healthy Neighbourhoods.

In April 2018, I attended Asset-Based Community Development for Healthy Neighbourhoods held in Kitchener, Ontario, as a guest of the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement. My interest in attending was to reconnect with Paul Born, Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute, after hosting him for an event at Western University in 2014, and to take the opportunity to learn from John McKnight, one of the founders of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

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Talking Friendly Streets: A Community Engagement Project

Posted by Beatrice Ekoko on June 6, 2018
I can appreciate the countryside but for me, the city is where it’s at baby--best invention ever! Great cities are bustling, densely populated, diverse and exhilarating. The movement of people within a great city is a priority, and so a great city takes very seriously its transportation networks which include, of course, its streets for walking and biking and getting around sans automobile. The point is, great cities do not prioritize vehicles; they do put people first.
 
Sadly, this is not the case in my city of Hamilton, Ontario.
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The ABCD Workshop – What we Learned and What's to Come

Posted by Heather Keam on May 23, 2018

From April 17-19 Cities Deepening Community held an Asset-Based Community Development workshop in Kitchener, Ontario with John McKnight, Cormac Russell, Donna Thomson and almost 200 community changemakers. You can imagine there was a lot of learning to absorb! We have done our best to sum up our primary aha's! into a few takeaways.

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(Dis)ability and “Enough Already”

Posted by Angela Pollack on May 9, 2018

Since attending the recent asset-based community development (ABCD) event in Kitchener, I have begun to think that I may have gotten something about community development fundamentally wrong by thinking of the term 'community' almost exclusively as a noun.

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