One of the goals of our neighborhood association is to nurture a sustainable healthy community. Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) provides a framework for achieving this by focusing on the wholeness realized through sharing our gifts with others to improve our safety, health, children, environment, economy, food, and care.
ABCD starts with connecting our gifts via our associations, extended by our hospitality:
gifts: the raw materials for community. “The gifts of the people in our neighborhood are boundless.”
associations: the connections through which gifts are exchanged. “We join our gifts together and they become amplified, magnified, productive and celebrated.”
hospitality: the act of widening our inventory of gifts. “We welcome strangers because we value their gifts and need to share our own.”
..and connectors, who discover and share these resources with other neighbors.
Would you like to help connect the gifts within our neighborhood?
Contact Rodney Rutherford <firstname.lastname@example.org> to get involved.
Resources for Asset-Based Community Development
- Online Resources
- The Abundant Community, by Peter Block and John McKnight
- Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, by Jim Diers,
This page is inspired by the book The Abundant Community and the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (http://www.abcdinstitute.org). The ABCD efforts in SRHBT are being organized by neighborhood director Rodney Rutherford <email@example.com>.