ABCD Kitchener Website Banner.png

ABCD for Healthy Neighbourhoods

Kitchener, Canada | April 17-19, 2018

Asset-Based Community Development: For Healthy Neighbourhoods is a three-day opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Asset-Based Community Development with a focus on Neighbourhood Development and Community Health. Join us in Kitchener, Canada (a short distance from Toronto, Ontario) for a rare opportunity to learn from Cormac Russell and John McKnight, two of the world's top trainers in Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), for their first time together in Canada.

The Fundamentals of ABCD

Asset-Based Community Development is an approach to the development of communities based on their strengths and potentials. It involves assessing the resources, skills, and experiences available in a community; organizing the community around issues that move its members into action; and then determining and taking appropriate action. In this workshop, you will learn the key fundamentals of ABCD and grow your skills and confidence to use these in your work. We will also connect you to the ground-breaking work that Tamarack is undertaking to deepening community in North America.

party neighbourhood celebration balloon colour celebrate good happy.jpg

Neighbourhood Development

Whereas needs-based neighbourhood development emphasizes local deficits and looks to outside agencies for help, asset-based community development focuses on growing and leveraging existing strengths within a neighbourhood. Principles that guide ABCD include:

  • Everyone has gifts: Each person in a neighbourhood has something to contribute
  • Relationships build a community: People in neighbourhoods must be connected
  • Citizens at the center: Citizens are participants in rather than merely recipients of service
  • Leaders involve others: Healthy neighbourhood development involves everyone
  • People care: We challenge perceived "apathy" by listening to people's interests
  • Listen: Decisions come from conversations where people are heard
  • Ask: When we ask people their ideas it is more sustainable than having people respond to our solutions
  • Inside-out organization: Local community members are in control
  • Institutions serve the community: Institutional leaders should create opportunities for neighbour-member involvement then "step back

Health

This workshop will bring together neighbourhood leaders and community health professionals to explore the unique relationship between engaged citizens and health. We will explore topics such as:

  • Sustainable Communities
  • Belonging and a sense of community
  • Resilience and personal motivations for health
  • The role of place and the importance of healthy communities
  • Supporting neighbours to support neighbours in times of need
  • The role of caring and care giving in communities

"Asset-Based Community Development has never gone out of style but it has never been more relevant. Indeed, it is the only way it has ever been done. Today it curates an international movement that nurtures the capacity of citizens, families, neighbourhoods and communities to resolve their challenges."

- Al Etmanski

 

35046423460_c22998d5de_o.jpgWho Should Attend?

In the spirit of ABCD this workshop is open to everyone. We will learn together, enjoy a sense of community and explore the gifts we each bring to community life. Professionals working in neighbourhood development, community building and community health will find this workshop indispensable. ABCD is considered a core practice and is recognized around the world as essential knowledge for anyone working to improve their communities.

Each participant that completes this workshop will receive a paper and electronic certificate from the Tamarack Institute.  

Our Learning Agenda

We will be gathering in the atrium in beautiful Victoria park just minutes from hotels and world class restaurants. The park is a true gem and the facility is an easy walk from the bus station and minutes by taxi or Uber from the train station. Shuttles from the Toronto airport can take as little as 50 minutes and there are train connections from the airport to downtown Toronto and then directly to Kitchener daily.

Each morning we will hear from two world renowned keynote speakers. These speakers will be supported by community story telling and art, poetry and music. Tamarack will be the learning agenda host and will bring a deep understanding of cogenerative learning to the space. This will include facilitated small and large group conversations and creative design features that include a learning wall, active twitter feeds, a learning commons and much more.

Lunch and three breaks are included in your conference fee and will be provided by community enterprises that specialize in locally sourced foods. As we are in the centre of a park there will be plenty of time for walks or just sitting in a garden during breaks.

Each afternoon we will break into three groups. Two groups will be invited to get onto buses and will be taken on experiential learning excursions where we will combine tours and lectures from speakers who actually do the work of ABCD daily. One group will stay at the Pavillion in Victoria park for advanced workshops from our keynotes and other world class trainers. We will end at noon on day three.

Learning Agenda

Healthy Neighbourhoods is a three-day opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Asset-Based Community Development with a focus on Neighbourhood development and Community Health.

Professionals working in neighbourhood development, community building and community health will find this workshop indispensable. ABCD is considered a core practice and is recognized around the world as essential knowledge for anyone working to improve their communities.

 

See Full Agenda

Curriculum Team

This is a rare opportunity for you to learn from two of the world's top trainers in Asset-Based Community Development for their first time together in Canada.

This three-day workshop will feature:

John McKnight - Founder and Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute

Cormac Russell - Faculty member of the ABCD Institute and an internationally-renowned thought leader, trainer and speaker

The curriculum team will be joined by community leaders who will share case studies and experiences from their work in communities across North America.

 

Read Faculty Bios

register.png

Join us

ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
For Healthy Neighbourhoods

Kitchener, Canada
April 17-19, 2018

Register Here

In Partnership with:

Vibrant Communities Logo.pngTamarack-logo_transparent-076743-edited-2.png City of Kitchener Logo.jpg    Love my hood.png   Suncor Energy Foundation Logo.jpeg