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What is asset-based community development (ABCD)?

Typically a neighborhood is seen from the perspective of its largest deficits. How many times have you heard that as a first description of a neighborhood? We all know about the negative things that are part of our community, but what do we know about our community’s assets and resources?

ABCD (asset-based community development) is about intention, and keeping the focus on those assets and celebrating what is right with our community. You will notice that as people begin to talk about the positive things in the community, when they are encouraged to talk about what is working, when they learn of all the great resources that are in their neighborhood (and in some cases have always been available in their neighborhood), the energy level will increase exponentially.