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Shellharbour City Council wants to find out what you value most so we can find the right mix of assets and service delivery while maintaining financial sustainability. The Budget Allocator allows you to:
- review areas of discretionary spending from Council’s general fund
- choose priority areas in which you want services maintained or improved
- identify areas in which you are willing to see a decrease, and
- understand the relationship between the services and assets you value, how much they cost, and a potential rate increase
Just to clarify what ABCD refers to..
I have heard from a few people that they are quite unsure exactly what the term ABCD is, so I thought I should clear it up.
ABCD refers to Asset Based Community Developmnet. ABCD is just a fancy term to talk about strengths based practice. It’s not a new ‘thing’ and in fact many services and workers worth within a strength based framework. However some funding models and government agendas have meant some community services approaches have had to focus on the needs, gaps, deficits within communities in order to receive funding, support etc
To make my point here is an extract from John McKnight & Peter Block. ABCD experts from the U.S
“…It is a modern paradox that while strong neighbourhoods are built by connecting the gifts and skills of neighbours, very few institutions have an interest in the full half of local people. Universities flourish by studying neighbourhood deficits. Philanthropies provide grants to those who can demonstrate local brokenness. Governments provide funding based upon the quantification of local misery. Newspaper and television stories focus on local problems and conflict, solidifying the popular image of needy local people. When the intellectual, philanthropic, governmental and media institutions all focus on neighbourhood deficits, they are a powerful negative force…”
For the full article follow this link http://www.abundantcommunity.com/home/posts/john_mcknight/parms/1/post/20101005_beware_the_invasion_of_the_needs_surveyors.html
I think this puts us- the passionate workers, in an interesting predicament. How do we build strong connected communities when our funders want to hear about the needs, gaps, deficits..
Also another thing to clarify ABCD seeks to support case management/ welfare programs etc, not replace it. ACBD strengths communities by identifying that individuals have skills, assets, and that collectvly we have an abundance of resources on hand already- our own!
So please feel free to share your thoughts on ABCD..
‘Walk and Talk’ with Port Kembla Community Project
9-11am Thursday 1st November 2012
Peter is a social capitalist and community enthusiast, who has had a 35 year involvement in youth development initiatives across the globe. This has involved such diverse roles as youth club organiser, teacher, youth education officer, detached youth worker, youth employment director and formulator of youth policies (including 23 national youth policies). He is passionate about creating the environment that enables effective youth participation and empowerment, and encourages and supports young women and men to be proactive in shaping society. Thus his interest in Asset Based Community Development (A.B.C.D.). During this Workshop, Peter will share this philosophy and a range of methodologies, tools and case studies to illustrate its practical application. Wollongong City Council’s Youth Service in collaboration with Access Community Group and The Smith Family are please to announce an afternoon with Peter Kenyon. Peter will share his specialist knowledge in Asset Based Community Development, which includes practical example both in Australia and overseas.
Date: 20 August 2012 Time: 2pm to 5pm Location: Wollongong Youth Centre 85 Burelli St Wollongong RSVP Essential, But it will be popular, so RSVP quickly to secure your place. Email:email@example.com or call Megan on 4226 5969
I hope you were fortunate enough to see Jim Diers earlier this month. He was certainly well versed on ABCD and had some great examples to share! I loved the seat being ‘locked up’!
This blog entry will talk about how on a practical level can you adopt an ABCD approach to interagency meetings. Also a reminder to get your tickets for the Insight Exchange Conference.