Bringing Asset Based Community Development Principles to Leadership Programs

Bringing Asset Based Community Development Principles to Leadership Programs

Jun 20, 2019, 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Asset-Based Community Development was founded by John Kretzmann and John McKnight at Northwestern University. ABCD challenges community leaders to create opportunities for people instead of providing services. It is based on the premise that by identifying and mobilizing unrecognized or underutilized assets a community will drive its own change. This is in contrast to a deficit-based approach that hurts the incentive and dignity of people in under-resourced and under-privileged communities because it misses the opportunity to empower them to leverage their unique perspectives and experiences to make a difference. Tulsa Changemakers, the youth leadership development and action program of Leadership Tulsa, applies the principles of Asset-Based Community Development by recognizing the youth of Tulsa and their families as assets and directing necessary intellectual, human, social, and financial capital toward them so they can leverage their unique perspectives and experiences to drive positive impact. This session will teach ABCD and leverage Tulsa Changemakers as an example of how the principles of ABCD can be applied to leadership programs.

Objectives:

1) Learn about the philosophy and practice of ABCD
2) Explore how principles of ABCD can be applied to leadership programs through the context of Tulsa Changemakers
3) Ideate how principles of ABCD can be applied to your leadership programs.