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Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets

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A revolutionary approach to improving one's community through local institutions, including the parish. ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published July 6th 2006 by ACTA Publications (first published January 1st 1993)
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Sarah Guldenbrein
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
My takeaway: start with asset inventories over needs/deficiencies inventories. It's a great concept, quite feminist (without ever being acknowledged as such) but the first edition copy I got from the library is horrendously outdated. It's a practical guide that was written more or less before the internet. I imagine it would be a pretty different book if rewritten today. ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: volunteers, people who want to do good in the world
I HIGHLY recommend this book to people who work at non-profits or in any sort of community setting. It will absolutely change the way you see things. I am certain my organizing and work is better because of the themes found in this book.
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A really interesting and surprisingly practical handbook for approaching community development and organizing, this book contains numerous really well prepared refigurings of popular thought about social order, urban economies, and human nature. Focusing on assets as opposed to deficits in communities and individuals that are traditionally considered deficient (low-income) is the central tenet of the book. Looking at individuals as having capacities beyond those enabled by deficit-centered syste ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Contains many helpful tools for identifying structural and relational assets of urban communities in the U.S. Would love for there to be more available for international or rural communities as well, but this is a great starting point.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hugely important paradigm shift and user manual for that shift.
Formulas and prescription researched and documented well. Repetitive but useful. Inner city focus. Has some great diagrams.
I am currently leading a project to bring Assets-Based Community Development to our little patch of small-town/rural Vermont. We are using this book as a guide to make it happen. I deeply appreciate the practical, step-by-step approach to community development offered in this manual. I have yet to get our lower income citizens to fill out the eternally long assets assessment. that part of the book isn't particularly practical. I also would have appreciated more information on bringing people of ...more
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to meet John McKnight through the People First of Ontario movement and learn at his feet, so to speak, as he engaged in discussion about community with People First members.

This book is about community capacity building - and about inclusion.

Love it!
May 27, 2010 added it
Good reference book for those interested in community organizing a la Barack Obama's old day job. ...more
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My uncle wrote this one! It is an excellent workbook of ideas and local solutions.
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A really good guidebook for people looking to build community through ABCD methods.
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book addresses new prospects for community building. It focus is on shifting the current paradigm. So far it has informed some of my projects...we'll see where it goes. ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Functional and practical. Great beginning of the road map to figuring out the strengths of communities and how to network within institutions, associations, generationally and socio-economically.
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