ABCD Europe

Asset-based community development in action, all over Europe.

Laura Byng
  • United Kingdom
  • Sheffield
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The 7 Tactics of Hidden Persuaders by Cormac Russell

In 1957, The Hidden Persuaders was published. It quickly gained national attention and launched Vance Packard's (the author) career.

The Hidden Persuaders lays bare the use of consumer motivational research and other psychological techniques,…


Posted on October 19, 2014 at 19:30

Black Swans, White Swans, and Ugly Ducklings by Cormac Russell

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large waterbird, a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of…


Posted on October 12, 2014 at 13:49

7 Habits of Institutional Radicals

In last week’s post I shared some thoughts on the habits of non-credentialed connectors. This week I want to explore the 7 habits of highly effective institutional radicals.

Between ’90 and the summer of ’92 I trained to be a Roman Catholic…


Posted on October 5, 2014 at 12:05

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At 8:04 on October 6, 2014, Samantha Clark said…

Hello Laura


Welcome to ABCD Europe, a site where you can talk to like-minded people about your ideas and experience of using asset based community development (ABCD). Everyone, whether they are new to this approach or experienced, will have a lot to learn as well as skills and knowledge to share. Your skills, knowledge and experiences are the assets of our ABCD community. We can all use this wealth of information to help us achieve our aspirations for better places to live. Share generously and reap the rewards of a rich ABCD community that can support and encourage you in your endeavours.


Use this site to ask questions about how others have done things, what has worked, how challenges have been overcome and to share your achievements so that we can celebrate together.


To get started post a photograph of yourself against your name. To do this, go to the ‘settings’ page. Browse your files to find a photograph, click on the file and then click on ‘save’ at the bottom of the page.


Check the members list to see if you know anyone. You can invite others to join ABCD Europe - go to the Members page, click on ‘invite your contacts’. Click on the plain white envelope and you will be able to enter your contacts e-mail address and a personal message. By inviting others who are interested in using ABCD, you will help our community to grow.


There are several discussion groups that you can join or you can start your own.


Keep us updated on your projects and progress by sharing links to your website, blogs and posting video links. We all share the same goal of seeing ABCD and other asset based approaches spread, so that people within communities value what each other have to contribute and make the best use of what is already there. For this reason, you will find the ABCD Europe community will be excited by your achievements and will want to encourage and support you.


I hope that you enjoy using this site and benefit from the support and knowledge of this community. If you need more information, help with getting started or have suggestions on what we could do better then please contact us.


Best wishes


Sam Clark


On behalf of the ‘Host Group’





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