First ABCD is an
approach to discover local community assets. This mapping is mostly
what people do in the name of ABCD. Second and more
importantly ABCD is "practices and principles" for mobilizing a local
community to move into action with residents at the center... not outsiders.
The community is the principal actor not the client. ABCD is a path to "organize
an organization" or community partnership of local people and their stakeholder
groups to find, connect, and make productive a growing circle of local assets
working for the common good.
HOW TO MOBILIZE A COMMUNITY THROUGH RELATIONSHIPS?
First discover what people care about enough to act on in your
local community? What will people commit to act on? Discover 'motivation
to act' through learning
conversations out in the community. What is the motivation to act? What is the
collective purpose that a wide circle of people will act on together? Who is
committed to act?
Second find and engage specific connector leaders (people who are
leaders in a community sense meaning people with trust, influence,
and a circle of relationships
to call upon) to form a connector leaders group. This is the core group for collective
action that can use their connections and relationships to engage a wide circle
of the local community working together. ABCD is community organizing; principles
and practices to bring people into committed relationship for collective action
towards what people really care about--enough to act.
Community development that works best is not about manufacturing
anything but about bringing out the basic goodness that is there
in each local community.
Every community is a place filled with gifts to be given and care to be discovered.
The song of community is,” We need you. We need you. Join us.” There
is no one we don’t need.
Mike Green, ABCD Institute