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Asset-Based Community Development
Building Communities From The Inside Out

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On the role of the "gapper"
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On the role of the "gapper"
On power
On working in and with communities
On working in the "real world"
On scale and the importance of locality
On doing the work
A Summary of the Basic ABCD Process

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  • The focus is on developing and bolstering leadership within the community, which means the gapper will ultimately have to step out of the way to let citizens choose their own path and act on their own

  • The gapper should have a commitment to not be a leader

  • There is a difference between an activist and an organizer, and the role of the organizer is to facilitate not lead

  • Lead by serving

  • Do not do for others what they can do for themselves

  • Remember to ask: "What didn't I do this week?"

  • Do with, not for