You’re invited to participate in an engaging two-day Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach workshop led by Cormac Russell. Cormac is the Director of ABCD Europe, an author, keynote speaker and faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. Entitled “From What’s Wrong to What’s Strong,” Cormac will share lessons learned from working at the kitchen tables of local communities and the boardroom tables of civil society organizations, governments and businesses in 35 countries around the world.

“No one speaks with more clarity about building an authentic Asset Based Community than Cormac Russell. He illuminates the community space with an enormous breadth of experience and insight. We are lucky to have him in the US, especially at this particular time. I would urge you to find a way to join me in Cincinnati to learn from Cormac.”

— Peter Block, citizen of Cincinnati

Workshop Details

When:  March 20-21, 2018 (Tuesday-Wednesday), 9:00-4:30

Where: Cincinnati – The Starfire Council, 5030 Oaklawn Dr.

Cost: $175 per person. (Scholarships available, contact Chris Witt at or 513-524-2227)



ABCD invites us to work beyond administrative boundaries and understand that people, their families and communities, have unique competencies that cannot be replaced by external professional interventions. The only people who can build community are the people who live as part of the community. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong in your community, ABCD invites us to start with a focus on what’s strong. That means paying attention to assets that build community, connection and power. These assets are often invisible. This workshop will make the invisible become visible.


  • An immersive learning experience in a living community of practice where ABCD is brought alive.
  • To play and experiment with powerful tools for change.
  • Accelerated, real-time learning to internalize practices and techniques through dynamic feedback.
  • Real-time practice learning conversation methods, asset mapping and other ABCD tools for change that are integral to community work.
  • Learning the 5 guiding principles of ABCD in both theory and practice.
  • Identify the 6 building blocks of community building, exploring how these assets can be identified, connected and mobilized in the neighborhood context.
  • Explore stories and case studies of ABCD in action from Learning Sites in the UK and around the world, to highlight effective practice.

See Cormac’s TED-X video

Register Here