Across the United States, communities are in trouble. In our cities, economies sputter, social ties weaken, and political power fades. But everywhere, creative local leaders are fighting back, rebuilding neighborhoods and communities. And they are succeeding by starting with what they already have.
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Throughout more than 30 years of community organizing and community development work, Kretzmann and McKnight gathered the stories of residents who built stronger neighborhoods by focusing on their strengths instead of their deficiencies. Now a must-have volume for community builders around the nation and the world, the Green Book, as it is fondly known, also launched the development of an extensive library of community building publications. Kretzmann and McKnight encourage ABCD faculty members in the communities where they work to capture their own asset-based community development efforts into publications to be shared with community builders everywhere.
The seminal volume in which John Kretzmann and John McKnight explain the principles and practices that guide the asset-based community development approach. Basic Training Slides These are helpful tools when presenting the ABCD principles, understanding what they can do, and comparing organizing practices. A complete list of papers and workbooks available in pdf format, written by ABCD staff and faculty on a wide range of community development issues.
ABCD Focused Books A series of books and articles about the theory and practice of asset-based community development and its many applications in the United States and around the world. You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Please enable scripts and reload this page. Turn on more accessible mode. Turn off more accessible mode.
Skip Ribbon Commands. Skip to main content. Turn off Animations. Turn on Animations. DePaul Shortcuts. Main Content. Publications by Topic A complete list of papers and workbooks available in pdf format, written by ABCD staff and faculty on a wide range of community development issues.
Kretzmann, J. Building communities from the inside out: a path toward finding and mobilizing a community's assets. Kretzmann, John P. My Account. Log Out. Search for.
The Basic Manual
Asset-based community development ABCD , or asset-based community-driven development as it is sometimes called, is a bottom-up way of working with communities that focuses on community strengths and assets rather than on deficits and problems. In another post I spoke about two communities. Of course these two communities were the same community — it all depends on what we decide to focus on. If we ask people to look for deficits, they will usually find them, and their view of situations will be coloured by this. If we ask people to look for successes, they will usually find them, and their view of situations will be coloured by this Kral,