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ABCD Canada

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Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) shines a spotlight on the inherent strengths and capabilities of individuals. By acknowledging and harnessing these strengths, individuals are supported in proactively contributing to positive change within their communities. This space is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding and application of ABCD principles and practices, ultimately inspiring and facilitating positive change across communities throughout Canada.

Rural community

Impact Story

reimaging rural communities using abcd

In the past, rural communities across Canada depended on settlers to build infrastructure, institutions, businesses, and housing so communities could thrive. Fast forward 100 years and rural communities are now looking to re-imagine themselves in the face of changing demographics, resource industries disappearing, radical changes in technology, and centralized government services. Learn how small, rural, and remote communities along the east shore of Kootenay Lake in BC brought residents together using an ABCD approach.

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Neighbourhood

Impact Story

building a neighbourhood plan - doing with not for

Traditional models of housing services are that they are responsible for social housing programs and property management of houses. But what if we changed the purpose of housing services so that they build a sense of community and support the development of neighbourhood plans? This is what Coordinators at the Lakeview Harbourside neighbourhood have been working on for the past year as members of Cities Deepening Community. This case study explores the role of the Coordinators and how they shifted away from doing for residents to supporting residents to do for themselves.  

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In our experience, communities that collaborate are more successful at addressing complex issues like poverty, equity, community safety, and community well-being because they can harness the talents, knowledge, and strengths of diverse perspectives.

 

getting started

ABCD at a Glance

ABCD At A Glance

ABCD Hands

Asset-Based Community Recovery Framework

Diversity & Inclusion

Is ABCD a Diverse and Inclusive Approach?

John McKnight ABCD

The Learnings of John McKnight

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The Four Components of Effective Collective Impact

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A History of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute

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abcd at tamarack

Heather is the Associate Director of Tamarack Institute’s Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) practice area. 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.

Get Involved

Join the ABCD Community of Practice

The aim of the monthly Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) CoP  is to go deeper on ABCD practice and explore helpful tools and resources by bringing together practitioners and residents who are applying or are seeking to apply an ABCD approach to their community development work.

Join ABCD CoP

Contact Heather to learn more: heather@tamarackcommunity.ca

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Current Themes Being Explored: 
 

  • Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
  • Asset Mapping
  • Community Development
  • Building Community Plans

featured resources


Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
 Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Harnessing the power of networking: The case of the National Table of Community Development Corporations
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
Shannons Story Blog (1)
from Stable to unstable: Shannon’s Story of deepening poverty
From Apathy to Action How Deep Canvassing Ignites Climate Engagement
from apathy to action: how deep canvassing ignites Climate Engagement
ARTICLE | Collective Climate Action Funding
youth engagement in health spaces
ARTICLE | “I felt the power, I felt the fire”: Empowering Newcomers to the Peel Region Through Participatory Grantmaking
ARTICLE | Making the Case for Arts-Based Engagement
ARTICLE | Making the Case for Arts-Based Engagement
Making the Most of the Times - Virtual Community Engagement in Indigenous and Remote Communities
ARTICLE | Virtual Community Engagement in Indigenous and Remote Communities
ARTICLE | Citizens take the lead in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood
ARTICLE | Citizens take the lead in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood
How do you prioritize potential solutions?
Article | How Field Catalysts Accelerate Collective Impact
ARTICLE | How Field Catalysts Accelerate Collective Impact
The Innovation Ambition Continuum
PAPER | The Innovation Ambition Continuum
ARTICLE | The promise of collective impact in supporting a just transition at the community level
Article | The Promise of Collective Impact in Supporting a Just Transition at the Community Level
PAPER | Building Collective Impact Capacity | Why Now?
PAPER | Building Collective Impact Capacity - Why Now?
Blog post: Resources for Truth and Reconciliation
Resources for Truth and Reconciliation
10 Stories of Community Innovation for Youth
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In 2016, Tamarack was chosen by renowned community-builder and ABCD founder John McKnight, to serve as the hub for ABCD in Canada. John's choice to entrust Tamarack with the stewardship of ABCD in Canada underscores the importance and uniqueness of our mission. He emphasizes, "we have numerous programs dedicated to policy and institutions, but lack sufficient initiatives focused on [supporting] citizens and associations to become producers in their neighbourhoods.”

ABCD’s emphasis on strengths, connections, citizen leadership, and its recognition that individual gifts become powerful when they are connected.

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We’re happy to answer questions, discuss community issues and direct you to trusted resources. Get in touch with a specific team member or submit a general inquiry.

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