3 Indicators of a Strong Community

3 Indicators of a Strong Community

The goal of Asset-Based Community Development is best summed up in these words: “To Strengthen Communities from the Inside Out.” While this is a clear concise goal, it begs the question; “What is a strong community and how do you know you are achieving that goal?” My...

Presence NOT Programs

Presence NOT Programs

This past week I got a call from an organization. They had watched some of our videos about our amazing great neighbors and wanted to know our strategy for identifying neighborhood leaders.   When I shared that we spend a lot of time one on one with emerging leaders,...

Do You See Needs or Assets?

Do You See Needs or Assets?

Asset-based community development language is everywhere.  I am seeing it in a new health department initiative, on church denominational websites, and in grant requirements from major foundations.  However, when you look closely, the development efforts you find look...

Mind the Gap : An Ode to Gappers Everywhere

Mind the Gap : An Ode to Gappers Everywhere

While in London, my daughter and I became quite adept at navigating the tube (London’s version of a subway system.)  Every time the train would stop and the doors would open, the voice would say, “Mind the gap between the train and the platform.”  When I looked at...