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Asset Based Community Development

12 Key Principles for Creating Healthy Community Change (Part 1)

I’ve been playing again this week with the 12 Key Principles for Creating Healthy Community Change which is a resource put together by Nancy Margulies and Margaret Wheatley. The resource comes in the form of a DVD, poster and a series of cards. I particularly like the cards because they …

Fly Bird Fly

Art allows me to express my emotions, what I am feeling.  Art is family.  It brings people together, you find hidden treasures – Tina, Westcare Artist and Mum I spent some time recent in the Fly Bird Fly Studio next to Baptist Care’s WestCare Centre. Fly Bird Fly is a …

It Takes a Spider to Repair its Own Web

When we see someone in significant need it is very natural for us, as compassionate human beings, to want to try to quickly and efficiently meet that need. There are times when this is an entirely appropriate and helpful response- in light of a natural disaster for example.  Certainly the …

The good and the ugly of Appreciative Inquiry.

Our Edwardstown Project is in an interesting/challenging/exciting space presently.  Having educated and inspired the members of the church to embrace an asset based approach to their community engagement we have inquired-of and got-to-know the local community using techniques like World Cafe and asking good questions around an election day BBQ. …

Marina’s Story- When limitations become opportunities

    Recently I have been meeting with a small collective of passionate Asset Based Community Development Practitioners from World Vision, Compassion, TEAR Australia, Uniting Communities, Tabor College and the Churches of Christ in SA & NT. One of the purposes of this gathering has been to get some of …

Colleen – The world’s largest tea pot

Recently I have been meeting with a small collective of passionate Asset Based Community Development Practitioners from World Vision, Compassion, TEAR Australia, Uniting Communities, Tabor College and the Churches of Christ in SA & NT. One of the purposes of this gathering has been to get some of the stories …

Collaboration vs Competition

As I look towards the year ahead it is with both excitement and not a little trepidation -particularly with regard to funding. As I watch my twitter feed it seems like every day another federally funded Not for Profit initiative is being axed to meet our current government’s bottom line. And …

Save the Date

Beginners Guide to Assets Based Community Development with Peter Kenyon – Feb 28th 2014 – Peter Kenyon will run a Beginners Guide to ABCD for our SA Faith in Action Community on February 28th 2014 at Western Link Uniting Church, 93 Crittenden Rd. Findon All are welcome to join. If you haven’t heard Peter Kenyon speak before you …