Measuring the Impact of ABCD


**JUNE 2021 | LONDON, ON**

We are currently working on a specific date - stay tuned!



Tamarack made the difficult decision to move this year’s ABCD event to June 2021. We will still be keeping the same amazing location, masterclasses and workshops. 


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Measuring the Impact of Neighbourhood Development?

Over the past three decades, there has been a shift in how we connect with one another. Today, people report fewer social connections, decrease in tolerance and trust, and an eroding political and civic engagement atmosphere in our communities. Building communities that bring residents together, and provide a sense of belonging and connection leads to residents being happier, healthier, more likely to live longer and more willing to act for the common good.

While municipalities have traditionally focused on the physical components of a neighbourhood - paving sidewalks and roads or building houses, parks and arenas - cities across Canada are now realizing that they need to do more. They need to support the residents who live, work and play in the neighbourhoods to create a sense of belonging and connection. This is how vibrant cities are built. Measuring Impact is vital and has become increasingly urgent as communities increase their investment neighbourhood development and programs that strengthen social connectedness.

So how can we support this work?

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 deepen community in North America.

Neighbourhood work is one of the foremost opportunities available to us to foster a sense of belonging. Neighbourhoods are home to an abundance of people with shared experience, while at the same time offering great diversity in personalities, experiences, gifts, cultures and backgrounds. In this workshop you will learn strategies and gain tools and resources to build belonging and connection in neighbourhoods.

City Building is about harnessing community assets to build strong neighbourhoods. By connecting citizens to work together they strengthen the economic, social and physical infrastructure. Vibrant cities create the conditions for economic and social well-being.

The Citizen role in Climate Change Transition
is a critical conversation for our time. We understand that the next 10 years are critical. Will we be organized against one another with a “winner take all attitude” or will we embrace the realization that, “we are all in this together” and “no one left behind”. One thing we can guarantee you is that in times of disaster a professional will most likely not be your first responder. It will likely be a neighbour, a friend or family member that will be there to help you in your time of need. How do we organize as a community? How do we reach out to one another and learn to be there for each other? How does our community work together over the next 10 years to address the impact of climate change?


61424698_10214206457420796_4575547772756819968_oWho 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. 

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Meet Our Thought Leaders

Throughout the workshop we will be guided by a number of Thought Leaders from the field who will share their experiences in building community and inspire group conversation to share our own experiences with one another. 

Stay tuned, we will share names of our younger and more diverse voices. Our plan is to pair global leaders in the field with emerging leaders in the field creating a synergy of voices.

John McKnight

John McKnight is a best-selling author and Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and has the distinction of being known as the world's best-known community development expert. For more than four decades his research and teaching have focused on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organization, neighbourhood policy and the incorporation of labelled people into community life.

Melanie Goodchild

Melanie Goodchild, moose clan, is a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is the founder of the Turtle Island Institute, an Indigenous social innovation think & do tank (a teaching lodge).

Jim Diers

Jim is author of the Seattle Way who travels internationally to deliver speeches and present workshops on neighbours and neighbourhoods. He teaches at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute.

Lisa Attygalle

Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.

Paul Born

Paul Born is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute, the author of two Canadian best selling books, an international faculty member of the ABCD Institute and a Senior Member of Ashoka the world's largest network of social innovators.

Heather Keam

Heather has a passion for helping communities to realize that they are in charge of their future and to take leadership in assessing their own resources and needs. Heather believes that people have choices. They can either sit back and let others determine their future or they can stand up and create their own.

Mark Cabaj

Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues (e.g. neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health).

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“The City of Red Deer contingent was very impressed with the content and learning shared during the event. We are even stealing some of your great ideas for our next large community event." 

" Thanks so much for all that you and everyone involved to help us all feel welcomed and part of a movement. I will recommend next year’s conference to others.”

- Past Participants

Meet Our Local Sponsor


Our lead sponsor and home of the gathering is Fanshawe College located in beautiful London, Ontario. Fanshawe college is about 15 minutes from downtown London. During the event, you will have a chance to be immersed in campus life as we connect, learn and have fun all on campus. Fanshawe College strives to build community on and off campus. They value students, involve communities, utilize resources, embrace change and engage each other.


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