This workshop is designed so
that a limited number of neighborhood professionals and "gappers"
can spend three days guided by two senior members of the
objective for the training is to ensure that
each participant learn the concepts, principles,
and application of ABCD. The workshop will begin
with an ABCD Concept Seminar. The "ABCD Concept
Seminar" will present concepts, methods, and
case studies about key elements of ABCD
practice. There will also be time for discussion
and exercises for deeper understanding.
The key elements of ABCD are: the core
principles of ABCD, community organizing for
ABCD, institutional support for citizen centered
ABCD work, and the methods/tools of ABCD. The
core principles are guiding concepts about "what
to do" and "what not to do."
organizing for ABCD is a practical method of organizing to
effectively build a citizen centered initiative to find and
mobilize local assets. Institutional support will be
discussed that strengthens local community members, develops
leadership, and helps create effective ABCD work. The
tools/methods of ABCD are capacity inventories, association
mapping, institutional self inventories, economic asset
mapping, and ABCD neighborhood planning.
On Friday, an "ABCD Practice Seminar" will explain how ABCD
is applied, use of ABCD tools, and discuss a case study of ABCD in progress. There will be
time for discussion in small groups, case studies, and planning for back home application.
The faculty will help the participants understand how to take the ABCD concepts and put
them to work in their communities. Participants will develop strategies for using