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ABUNDANT COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE UPDATES ABCD PRINCIPLES FOR MUNICIPALITIES

Neighbourhood connections create complex benefits 

Howard Lawrence, co-founder of the Asset-Based Neighbourhood Organizing Association, says many cities have a long-standing relationship with Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and the Abundant Community Initiative is a new version that drills down onto every block in every neighbourhood.

“We can say to municipalities, ‘you’ve been doing this kind of work, particularly in troubled neighbourhoods, for 30 years . . . here is an update,’” Lawrence says.
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The Abundant Community Initiative

One Block Connector Tells his Story

I’m a bit nervous as I knock on my neighbour’s door. I’ve lived here for five years so I’ve certainly seen them around, I think I even introduced myself, but have forgotten their names.

My community Association has asked if I would be the Block Connector for my block. This is my first day in the role, and I’m going to walk down our street, meet my neighbours and let them know what this involves. I like the idea of getting to know my neighbours in the same way we all did as kids.
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