On Monday evening, I made a brief presentation to our neighborhood association about Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). In the coming weeks I will post in more depth the ideas involved in ABCD, but for today I want to explain that ABCD is about honoring and working with the gifts, abilities, resources and assets that are already present in a community, such as a neighborhood.
These assets can be described in 6 categories:
- Individuals' Gifts and Skills
- Voluntary Associations of People
- Physical Assets
- Local Economic Exchange
- The Story of the Community
It was great to share at the neighborhood association meeting. There was good discussion both during and after my presentation. And the people I talked to after the meeting genuinely care about our neighborhood and their neighbors.