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FIELD NOTE | Nine Ways to Create An Asset-Based Recovery Plan

Articles, Publications, Heather Keam, Cities Deepening Community, Guides, COVID-19, Recovery, CDC Publications

Organizations and groups across the globe are trying to find the right way to move into the recovery phase of the pandemic. Since these are unprecedented times there are no templates or formulas on how we can work through recovery.

In July 2020, we hosted a conversation with over 80 participants from around the world to talk about how organizations might alter the traditional recovery methods of top-down approaches to thinking about recovery with community at the center. We used a design thinking process to prototype what community-led, asset-based recovery might look like. 

Heather Keam

By Heather Keam

Heather works with municipalities and organizations to build strategies that put people at the center using Asset-Based Community Development. With over 22 years of experience in community development, she uses an ABCD approach to center people and belonging in the development of community plans and strategies through coaching and training staff teams, facilitation, and writing about ABCD and Belonging. She has a passion for the power of people and believes that people and communities are the solutions to local problems. She believes that we need to build a sense of community belonging so that people are connected to their community, and their place within it and get involved in decision-making. She also believes that municipalities need to shift the way they show up in community from doing “for” to supporting communities to do themselves.

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