Asset-Based approach to building organizations

Asset-Based approach to building organizations

 

Some new thoughts based off of my collaboration with communities and organizations…..

 

The few basic premises that form the foundational principles are:

  • Communities/Organizations can do more by having an ASSETS-based approach rather than a NEEDS-based approach
  • Paying attention to WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE (Discovery) is a powerful new approach to the traditional WHAT DO WE NEED (Development) approach
  • Gifts-orientation empowers members of a community/organization rather than a Deficiencies-orientation
  • We need Development AND Discovery practices

 

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“All the pieces matter…”

 

Empathy first…Influence next

This past blog emphasized the importance of empathy as not just a characteristic trait, but also as a key competency in grassroots organizing. This was a quick first introduction about the general principle that this “soft” power is actually the MOST powerful. In the future, I will discuss how a Gifts-orientation needs to tie in with empathic practices to be effective.

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Polarity Thinking – the genius of BOTH/AND thinking

In this post, I recounted my wonderful 2 days with strong practitioners that help systems ID a pole preference, and then to map it out. Then people have the potential to SEE the whole picture. This helps unlock a whole set of powers that were not utilized before. I extend that principle to people who are immersed in the Development world AND my new friends in the ABCD movement. What if we were equally versed in Development AND Discovery?

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DISCOVERING others’ GIFTS:  re-humanizing our communities

 My first reflections on this incredible AI Summit here in Cincinnati. This is one of the largest social experiments that I have been a part of. Can these 23 different working groups maintain the energy/focus without any staffed practitioners. Is it enough to introduce ABCD principles, AI practices, and gifts-mindedness? The conclusion is far from over. I will be tracking and writing about the follow-up as a sort of community anthropologist. However, those days were crackling with energetic possibilities.

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