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Building on Community Strengths: AI and ABCD in Dialogue | March 19-21

Thu, March 19, 2009

Target Audience: All
Location: Chicago, IL
Presented by: Bliss Browne, President of Imagine Chicago and Jody Kretzmann, Director of the ABCD Institute
Sponsored by: Imagine Chicago and the ABCD Institute

A hands-on workshop for people interested in empowering communities and leveraging individual and community assets for public good -- the first time that these two internationally renowned teachers of strength-based approaches to community development have teamed up to teach together!

Topics will include using Appreciative Inquiry and Asset-Based Community Development in community regeneration, and practices and tools developed by Imagine Chicago and the ABCD Institute for the development of hope and civic engagement. Don't miss this first extended live dialogue between these two leading social innovators. Stories, resources and relevant tools will be focused around particular interests and questions of program participants.

BLISS W. BROWNE is a contagiously hopeful mother, priest, former corporate banker and President of Imagine
Chicago (www.imaginechicago.org), an organization she founded in 1992 to create an economy in which nothing
and no one is wasted. Bliss works on six continents doing keynote speaking, facilitating, consulting, and training with people who want to make a difference and to work together in creative ways to do so.

JODY KRETZMANN is the Director of the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University and author with John McKnight of "Building Communities from the Inside Out." The ABCD Institute works with community building leaders across North America and five other continents to conduct research, produce materials and practical resources and support community based efforts to rediscover local capacities and to mobilize citizens’ resources to plan and implement positive futures. Jody has worked to develop community-oriented public policy at the national, state and local levels, including on Obama’s Urban Transition policy team. He is recognized internationally as an inspiring, straightforward, and wise advocate of strength-based approaches to building healthy communities. www.sesp.northwestern.edu/abcd/

Cost: $1000 includes materials.
Early bird discount of $100 for registration before February 28.
Limited to 15 participants! Register early!!

For online registration:
For further information please contact: Bliss Browne
Ph: 773-275-2520
Email: [email protected]