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Abcd in action, 2 day workshop in devon


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Hugely successful event on Asset Based Community Development in Torbay, delivered by Cormac Russell. January 2012. Hosted by Brixham YES. Funded by NESTA (Neighbourhood Challenge) & Big Lottery.

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Abcd in action, 2 day workshop in devon

  1. 1. ABCD in Action Nurture Development 2 Day Workshop (Cormac Russell) Torbay, Devon Jan 23 & 24, 2012
  2. 2. World Outside <ul><li>Share what’s going on through Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>@CormacRussell #ABCD </li></ul><ul><li>Resources are available online at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Please avoid printing we have a planet to think of…. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Day One: Overview Stories from field The ABCD Approach The 12 Domains Game ABCD & Inclusion 1 2 3 4
  4. 4. Introductions <ul><li>Appreciation wall… </li></ul><ul><li>9:20-9:50am </li></ul>
  5. 5. 9:50-10am
  6. 6. Our BIG Question <ul><li>‘ What can we do more of, to support </li></ul><ul><li>people (especially those who are on the </li></ul><ul><li>margins of society) to experience a </li></ul><ul><li>genuine sense of belonging, and to </li></ul><ul><li>actively contribute to their community’s </li></ul><ul><li>of place?’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our Hosting Team <ul><li>Cormac </li></ul><ul><li>Angela </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff </li></ul>Warmly welcomes you!
  8. 11. Sequence-3 progressive conversation cycles <ul><li>Small group conversation-when cycle ends one person will remain behind as a table host. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Second cycle-cross pollination & connect diverse perspectives </li></ul>
  9. 12. Our BIG Question <ul><li>‘ What can we do more of, to support </li></ul><ul><li>people (especially those who are on the </li></ul><ul><li>margins of society) to experience a </li></ul><ul><li>genuine sense of belonging, and to </li></ul><ul><li>actively contribute to their community’s </li></ul><ul><li>of place?’ </li></ul>
  10. 15. First Round of World Cafe <ul><li>‘ Can you share a story about a time – </li></ul><ul><li>when you or a member of your group </li></ul><ul><li>/ organisation built a bridge between </li></ul><ul><li>someone on the margins and the centre </li></ul><ul><li>of community life?’ </li></ul><ul><li>10am-10.40am </li></ul>
  11. 16. Coffee Break <ul><li>11-11:15 </li></ul>
  12. 17. The Approach 1
  13. 18. About the ABCD Institute <ul><li>Est. 1995, </li></ul><ul><li>Northwestern </li></ul><ul><li>University, Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Presence on every continent throughout the world. </li></ul>
  14. 19. Tell us a story….. <ul><li>‘ Can you tell us a story about a time when you and your neighbours came together to make things better?’ </li></ul>
  15. 20. Community is about identifying and contributing our assets
  16. 21. Community= Association
  17. 22. Community= Institutional Assets
  18. 23. Community= Physical Assets
  19. 24. Community = Economic Exchange
  20. 25. Community = Stories
  21. 27. Assets? <ul><li>These community assets include: </li></ul><ul><li>the skills of local residents </li></ul><ul><li>the power of local associations </li></ul><ul><li>the resources of public, private and non-profit institutions </li></ul><ul><li>the physical and economic resources of local places. </li></ul><ul><li>The stories of our lives and of evolving </li></ul><ul><li>community </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  22. 28. Determinants of Health <ul><li>Personal behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Economic circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Access to health care. </li></ul>
  23. 29. The glass is half full
  24. 30. Village Needs Map Food insecurity Hunger Poverty Poor infra -structure AIDS/HIV Drought Corruption Lack of basic Education Health crisis Malaria Crime Gender inequality
  25. 31. Pastoral communities in rural Kenya. Skilled people Business skills Farmers Leaders Businessmen Women Elders (traditional leaders) Entrepreneurs Activists Warriors Laibons / seers Religious Leaders Students Asset Map Turkana, Pokot & Samburu Individuals Physical Space Rangelands Pasture grazing fields – Kadengoi, Kataruk, Kasarani, Loru plains, Silale, Aroo Hills – Kalangol, Lotiruk, Loriu, Silale, morwakiring, kamarok Farms – Morulem, Lokubae, Elelea Seasonal streams Water source e.g. wells, boreholes and water pan Women groups Youth groups Development committee VICOBA Group ranches Conservancies Family Support Groups Health Advocacy and Fitness Groups PFS Youth groups Business groups Religious groups Elderly groups Community Animal health worker groups Dong’a Cultural Groups Men’s Groups Youth Mentoring Groups Mutual Support Groups Neighborhood Improvement Groups Political Organizations Recreation Groups Religious Groups Social Groups Water users Groups CAHWs vet shop groups Former livestock rustlers group assosciat Local Economy Livestock trade (small scale) Charcoal burning Sale of animal Drugs shops by CAHWS For-Profit Businesses Business Associations Village banks Micro enterprises pasture Livestock Business trade Small scale farming Sand harvesting Quarry harvesting Honey harvesting Charcoal Mining Hides and skin products Eco – tourism Small arms trade Livestock rustling Stories Of Burning of prosopys Juliflora by the women Of Ashes from trees burning acts as manure to the soil Of background and personal history Of what we like to do and contribute Of existing and ongoing skills and capacities Of successful community development Of economic growth Of addressing discrimination Of including those who are marginalized Of recognizing the value of everyone Of a time when we felt appreciated and valued Of a time the community was at its best Community Community Institutions MWUA / LWUA (food security) LOMEDS (micro credit, peace, livestock marketing) LCRC – meeting facilities Schools (primary) Nginyang, Amaya, Ngoron, Chesawach,Kokwototo, Natan ) Secondary (Chemolingot, Barpello and Churo AIC) Nginyang Polytechnic Health facilities Churches
  26. 32. Asset-based Community Development Methodology Discovering Strengths Organizing & Mapping Linking and Mobilizing Community Driven Initiatives Sustaining the Process
  27. 33. A Picture of a strong Community $ NFP NFP $ G G
  28. 34. Doing work the old way
  29. 35. SBA: processes with ownership
  30. 36. How we view determines what we do ..
  31. 37. Where we really get our needs met
  32. 38. Fundamental Needs Security Autonomy Belonging Competence ? Emotional & Material Agency. Independence. Sense of efficacy in the world. Plus authenticity Community, Family & Friends, as giver & receiver Ability to sustain tasks of choosing, to contribute. Security Belonging Competence Autonomy Russell, C (2010)
  33. 39. You can’t know what you need Till you know what you have…
  34. 42. Second Round <ul><li>‘ What is it that can only be done with </li></ul><ul><li>people power?’ </li></ul>
  35. 43. Group Exercise <ul><li>Heart: ‘I am passionate about…’ </li></ul><ul><li>Head: ‘I have some knowledge around…’ </li></ul><ul><li>Hands: ‘I know how to…’ </li></ul>
  36. 44. 12 Domains Process 2
  37. 45. We Can Game <ul><li>Head, Heart, Hands </li></ul>
  38. 46. Insert 12 domains over 4 slides <ul><li>Plus Tessy’s slides </li></ul>
  39. 48. Afternoon session <ul><li>Stories from the field and tools for implementation </li></ul>
  40. 49. Lunch <ul><li>1-2pm </li></ul><ul><li>Musical interludes throughout…. </li></ul>
  41. 50. Understanding motivation to act <ul><li>In every community there is work to be </li></ul><ul><li>done. </li></ul><ul><li>In every heart there is the power to do it. </li></ul><ul><li>People will support what they help to </li></ul><ul><li>create. </li></ul>
  42. 51. When people care enough to act.. <ul><li>When do you act within your family and </li></ul><ul><li>community life? </li></ul>
  43. 52. 3 enablers <ul><li>Dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Gift giving opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>‘ There is no greater power than a </li></ul><ul><li>community that has discovered what it </li></ul><ul><li>cares about.’ Margaret Wheatley </li></ul>
  44. 55. Festival Day in Thornton Heath-Sept 18, 2011
  45. 56. And on the day people were invited to share their gifts….
  46. 57. This is Shirley with her neighbour...Shirley is a neighbourhood connector
  47. 58. Why have a meeting when you can have a party?
  48. 59. The connectors want to discover hidden treasure and build relationships….
  49. 60. They had already knocked on doors, and heard peoples stories like Mr and Mrs Ahmed…..
  50. 61. Paul Macey who is a wonderful Community Builder, and is facilitating the process on behalf of Croydon Voluntary Action and Croydon NHS sat with Peggy and heard her story….
  51. 62. And Peggy and Mr & Mrs Ahmed were connected
  52. 63. The connectors have experienced the power of connecting people…
  53. 64. And they have been mapping local associations too….
  54. 65. And seeing the huge potential for connecting these assets also….
  55. 66. And the older people will have plenty to teach the kids as well…
  56. 67. Bingo!!!!
  57. 68. Being intentional about the process of engagement, mapping: a) associations; b) capacity/contribution and then invitation
  58. 69. What formal or informal groups are you part of?
  59. 70. What are your skills and talents?
  60. 71. What gifts and talents would you like to share?
  61. 72. Wow! That many? What would happen if we had these conversations with everyone in Thornton Heath?
  62. 74. Young people are leaders of today, not tomorrow, we invite them in. The message on the day: Thornton Heath needs you, we can not do this without you…
  63. 75. The art of conversation, conversations matter….
  64. 76. And they stayed for the vision….
  65. 77. News flash: the streets of Thornton Heath were filled today with young people (and the young at heart) making fun…and Community
  66. 78. Stories from South Devon <ul><li>Citizen-led action, people powered </li></ul><ul><li>change </li></ul><ul><li>2:30-3pm </li></ul>
  67. 81. Third Round <ul><li>‘ How can we promote more citizen led </li></ul><ul><li>action in Torbay?’ </li></ul>
  68. 82. End of Day Harvest Gathering the emergent themes and possibilities for action
  69. 83. Day Two: Overview Inclusion Limerick Story/Matching Grants Asset Mapping Next steps 5 6 7 8
  70. 84. A new policy anyone? People are the Answer Programmes are the Answer Develop Potential ‘ Fix People’ See People as Citizens and Co-producers See People as Clients Development Maintenance Focus on communities/neighbourhoods Focus on Individuals Emphasis on Associations High Emphasis on Agencies Fewer Services More Services Grants, Loans, Investments, Leverage Grants to Agencies Investment Orientation Charity Orientation Opportunity Identification Problem Response Focus on Assets Focus on Deficiencies Why not also have a model that… Present Policy
  71. 85. Stories from the field 5
  72. 86. <ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Building </li></ul><ul><li>Matters </li></ul>
  73. 88. Development trends <ul><li>Do development to the people </li></ul><ul><li>Do development for the people </li></ul><ul><li>Do development through the people    </li></ul><ul><li>Do development with the people </li></ul><ul><li>Developing local capacity for self-development </li></ul><ul><li>Identify connect and mobilise assets people decide together what change should look and feel like, we serve them </li></ul>
  74. 94. Community Asset Map-Ballinacurra Weston Individuals Gifts, Skills, Capacities, Knowledge and Traits of Youth Older Adults Artists People with Disabilities Students Parents Entrepreneurs Activists Institutions Schools Universities Community Colleges Police Departments Hospitals Libraries Social Service Agencies Non Profits Museums Fire Departments Foundations Physical Space Gardens Parks Playgrounds Parking Lots Walking Paths Forests/Forest Preserves Picnic Areas Campsites Fishing Spots Stories Of background and personal history Of what you like to do and contribute Of existing and ongoing skills and capacities Of successful community development Of economic growth Of addressing discrimination Of including those who are marginalized Of recognizing the value of everyone Of a time when you or your group felt appreciated and valued Of a time the community was at its best Local Economy For-Profit Businesses Consumer Expenditures Merchants Chamber of Commerce Business Associations Banks Foundations Institutional-Purchasing Power and Personnel Micro enterprises Local Coops Corporations and Branches Animal Care Groups Anti Crime Groups Residents Assoc Business Organizations Charitable Groups Civic Events Groups Cultural Groups Education Groups Elderly Groups Environmental Groups Family Support Groups Health Advocacy and Fitness Groups Heritage Groups Hobby and Collectors Groups Men’s Groups Mentoring Groups Mutual Support Groups Neighborhood Improvement Groups Political Organizations Recreation Groups Religious Groups Service Clubs Social Groups Union Groups Women’s Groups Youth Groups Associations My Community Our Community
  75. 95. 1. What can you do with people power? Once There is a NEIGHBOURHOOD VISION…ask
  76. 96. 2. What can you do with help from outside agencies? What would that help look like?
  77. 97. 3. What do you need outside agencies to do unilaterally?
  78. 99. Strangers are twice more likely to assist you, than you think Studies by Flynn & Lake (2010) of Columbia University show that people underestimate how likely others are to help by as much as 100%
  79. 100. The main protagonists: <ul><li>Leader – someone that can bring people together to work on an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Gift Giver – a person that is willing to contribute their asset to work on an issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible Person – a person that has not yet been “discovered” or been convinced to use their assets to help achieve their dreams or address their concerns in the neighborhood. </li></ul>
  80. 101. The unsung hero! <ul><li>Connector – an individual that is good at discovering what people care about and where their assets can be used. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gift centered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well connected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trusted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believe they are welcome </li></ul></ul>
  81. 102. Person Centered Work The move is from services to clients to supports for citizens Community Centered Work Inclusion
  82. 103. There are many different bird calls The Common Loon
  83. 104. Our Solutions are often not fit for purpose
  84. 105. Addressing systems culture…..
  85. 106. Henry Moore, Savannah Grants for Blocks Leading by Stepping Back……
  86. 107. Savannah Grants For Blocks <ul><li>Henry Moore, Assistant City Manager 1993; </li></ul><ul><li>Focused more on individuals and their neighbours; </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do with your neighbours to make your neighbourhood a better place; </li></ul><ul><li>Both grants are community directed and community assessed; </li></ul><ul><li>Savannah model goes small 500 USD </li></ul>
  87. 109. The Seattle Approach <ul><li>Match cent for cent, this emphasises the belief that citizens co-produce neighbourhood well being, alongside Local Government; </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the assets </li></ul><ul><li>Use grants to strategically draw out associations currently not engaging, or not engaging as much as they could; </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them to link with Neighbourhood Council-applicants must affiliate to their nearest Neighbourhood Council. </li></ul>
  88. 116. Asset Mapping the room <ul><li>10:15-11am </li></ul>
  89. 117. Asset Mapping 6
  90. 118. What map
  91. 119. Learning Conversations-30 mins <ul><li>1. What would you love to teach? </li></ul><ul><li>2. What would you love to learn from a neighbour? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Where are the bumping places? </li></ul><ul><li>4. What are the social networks? </li></ul>
  92. 120. Will lead to the hidden treasure?
  93. 121. Classic Needs maps Racial tension/hate crimes High crime rates. Significant fear among older people High levels of ADHD Smoking related Heart disease Respiratory difficulties Obesity across The life course High levels of drug and Alcohol use. High unemployment Poor educational attainment Poor housing/environmental issues High morbidity Anti social behaviour Gender inequality
  94. 122. Coffee
  95. 123. Everyone means everyone! Everyone means everyone Everyone means everyone
  96. 124. Social inclusion? Where it matters? Participation Friendship Intimacy Economic Exchange
  97. 125. Spot the difference?
  98. 126. Full circles indicate capacity to deal with life and are a powerful measure of health in our society.
  99. 130. My Vision
  100. 131. My Good Life <ul><li>Real friends </li></ul><ul><li>A relationship like Cormac has </li></ul><ul><li>A real job </li></ul><ul><li>Enough money to do the things I like </li></ul>
  101. 132. My Good Life begins at Home <ul><li>I live at home with my wonderful Mom and Dad </li></ul><ul><li>I am a proud Limerick man </li></ul><ul><li>And a Munster Rugby </li></ul><ul><li>supporter </li></ul>
  102. 133. Shout out from the commons <ul><li>Participants are invited to identify a question </li></ul><ul><li>for actionable change around co-production or </li></ul><ul><li>some other aspect of asset based development </li></ul><ul><li>that they would like to take 30 minutes to </li></ul><ul><li>discuss and generate actions around </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback wall </li></ul>
  103. 134. Feedback <ul><li>Post-its </li></ul>
  104. 135. Lunch
  105. 136. World Café 7
  106. 137. Day Two-Fourth Round <ul><li>‘ What can we do together to move </li></ul><ul><li>towards new pathways of creative </li></ul><ul><li>endeavour?’ </li></ul>
  107. 138. Next steps 4
  108. 139. Access to Slides <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  109. 140. Evaluation