Asset Based Community Development Conference

Posted by on September 10, 2010

From Scarcity to Abundance: Asset based strategies to build community and organizational capacity
A Conference for Practitioners of Asset Based Community Development
September 23-25, 2010
Chicago, IL

Event Agenda—Thursday, September 23, 2010
11:00am Registration Opens
12:00-12:30pm Lunch & Welcome
12:30-1:15pm Presentation: Where Did ABCD Come From and What Is It?
1:15-2:30pm Plenary: The Gifts of Individuals
Individuals combine their gifts through their involvement in local associations, which can then harness these individual capacities to produce healthy, secure, prosperous and creative communities. Every person has gifts. Every community is a place of hospitality. We will ex-plore practical action steps to building a bridge from the edge into the center of community life: from client to citizen. How do you invite the hospitality and welcome of local communities? How do you create and support a strong citizens’ initiative to bring labeled people from the community edge to the community center?

2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-4:00pm Plenary: The Power of Associations

4:00-4:15pm Break
4:15-5:45pm Plenary: The Contributions & Limitations of Major Institutions or Leading by Stepping Back

Many of our major institutions –schools & universities, hospitals, police departments, criminal justice systems, etc. –are discovering that they are more effective when they join together with mobilized communities as “co-producers” of positive outcomes rather than seeing them simply as recipients of services.

5:45-6:15pm Roving Listening: A Practical Application of ABCD

Roving In Chicago – Join De’Amon Harges in the art of listening and building relationships by roving through a Millennium Park in Chi-cago encountering the residents and visitors to listen for their gifts and talents and see what connections arise.

After you’ve experienced Roving Listening first hand, come meet us at Rhapsody restaurant for cocktails and appetizers, or explore the world famous Art Institute, which is FREE to the public on Thursday evenings. This is a change to relax, unwind and get to know each other
Completed Registration Forms can be faxed to 847-467-4140 or emailed to
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