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ABCD in Canada and Around the World

Currently there are institutions in the United States, Asia-Pacific, United Kingdom and now Canada who use ABCD as a framework and guide for their work. Here are links to organizations who support and implement ABCD in Canada and around the world.

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), located at the Center for Civic Engagement, is at the center of a large and growing 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.

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ABCD in Action

ABCD in Action is an on-line learning community - a place where we can learn from each other about how to apply the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

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ABCD Europe

ABCD Europe is a place to discuss, share and deepen ways to apply the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and other strengths-based approaches.

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Nurture Development

One of eleven strategic partners of the ABCD Institute, and the lead partner in Europe. Working as ABCD social explorers, trainers, mentors, facilitators, researchers and consultants with change partners and disruptive innovators around the world. These include Communities, Charities, NGOs/NPOs, Faith-based organisations, Think Tanks; local and national Governments in over 30 countries.

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ABCD Asia Pacific

The ABCD Asia Pacific Network is a group well versed in ABCD: offering support, sharing successes and helping with challenges and evaluation. This ABCD group can now be located on the ABCD in Action site.

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The Abundant Community

An virtual neighbourhood which hosts tools and resources for ABCD. Inspired by their book, Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighbourhoods, John McKnight and Peter Block share theit latest thinking in ABCD.

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Abundant Community Edmonton

John McKnight and Peter Block join Howard Lawrence and Anne Harvey in a webinar to share methods and lessons learned while developing the unique framework they lead in Edmonton to create more connected and capable neighborhoods.

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Abundant Community Initiative

Inspired by John McKnight and Peter Block’s book, “The Abundant Community,” Howard Lawrence undertook a pilot project called the Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton, Canada in January 2013. 

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PLAN Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

A membership-based non-profit organization, established by and for families committed to ensuring the safety, security and well-being of our relatives with disabilities.

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“Community is not automatic, and it is not automatically optimal. We cannot take it for granted; we cannot assume that it is what it should be; we cannot stand on the sidelines and just hope that things work out.”

—Paul Born, President, Tamarack Institute & author of Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times

“There is nothing extraordinary about Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). It’s as ordinary as looking out for your family, your neighbours, your environment. Or extending a hand to people who are down on their luck, struggling or vulnerable. Or banding together with others to fix a common challenge.”

—Al Etmanski, ABCD Faculty, author,community activist, and social entrepreneur