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April Elgin Alive: Asset Based Community Development 101

Gail Borden Public Library
Event organized by Gail Borden Public Library

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What builds thriving communities? In the video, “ABCD 101,” John McKnight of the Asset Building Community Development (ABCD) Institute reviews the five basic building blocks of asset-based community development. Rather than using a problem-based needs-assessment starting point, leading to an outside intervention model, ABCD identifies an asset-based starting point to identify what positive grassroots initiatives are already operational, from which community growth can develop.

The ABCD Institute is at the center of a movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future. A discussion will follow the video.