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WHAT IS ABCD?

ABCD stands for Asset-Based Community Development and it refers to a type of community development based on the work of Professors Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight.

ABCD challenges the traditional deficit-based approach that tries to solve urban and rural development problems by focusing on the needs and deficiencies of individuals, neighbourhoods, towns, villages, schools etc.

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OUR TRAINING OFFER

We provide a range of training opportunities that can be tailored to any audience, typically we offer:

  • One Day ABCD workshop
  • Two Day ABCD workshop
  • Masterclass
  • Keynotes and presentations
  • Stewardship Circle

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OUR BOOK IS OUT NOW

“Looking Back to Look Forward is the river running through John McKnight. It reminds us that when we are in flow, our activities and those of others, past and future merge into one. The world is made fresh and we are no longer as alone as we thought.”
- Al Etmanski.

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Cormac Russell TED Talk

Cormac's Tedx Exeter 2016 talk 'Sustainable Community Development: From what's wrong to what's strong' is now online

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We’re proud to be the only strategic partners of the ABCD Institute in Europe.

Welcome to Nurture Development

Welcome to Nurture Development, where we seek to support communities to reduce institutionalisation and increase interdependency in community life.

We work using the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development, also known as ABCD.

Without community, there can be no liberation”. Audre Lorde.

WHAT WE OFFER

Training & Mentoring

At Nurture Development we work with interested groups who want to learn more about ABCD through the delivery of:

– One or two-day ABCD workshops

– Masterclass

– Keynotes and presentations

– Stewardship Circle

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Development In Practice

Every community and partnership is different and we support you to take your learning off the page and develop living exemplars of ABCD in action through our:

– ABCD offer

– Face to face mentoring

– Online mentoring

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Research & Evaluation

We capture learning from what we do (process/outputs) and evaluate what is achieved (change, outcomes and impact).

Our approach combines participatory self-assessment that takes each context seriously.

We integrate quantitative and qualitative methods in a customised and rigorous evaluation approach.

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ABOUT ABCD

ABCD stands for Asset-Based Community Development and it refers to a type of community development based on the work of Professors Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight.

ABCD challenges the traditional deficit-based approach that tries to solve urban and rural development problems by focusing on the needs and deficiencies of individuals, neighbourhoods, towns, villages, schools etc.

ABCD demonstrates that local assets (people, physical assets etc.) and individual strengths are key to ensure sustainable community development, and that people have a life of their own choosing.

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WHERE WE WORK