Six Remedies for Asset-Based Paralysis (first in a series)

One of the unintended consequences of Dignity Serves and other resources that promote an asset-based approach to ministry is a deep uncertainty about what to do. You’ve learned that doing things for people can lead to harmful dependencies and that doing things with people can bring about healthy relationships and lasting change. But now what? [...]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Assets|1 Comment

Heroes and Villains

by Phil Hissom

Every non-profit tells a story and in that story there's always a hero and a villain. Sometimes it's explicit and other times it is more subtle but it's there if you listen for it. And you should listen for it because it will tell you a lot about the paradigm in which the [...]

By |March 14th, 2016|Assets, Dignity, Education|0 Comments

You Are the Light

By Phil Hissom
John has lived in Palms Trailer Park for three years. He has seen a lot of rough stuff go down, but he’s also seen the positive changes in the park. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him the other day, and I asked him why he thought things have gotten [...]

By |June 16th, 2012|Assets, Change, Personal Stories, Place|0 Comments

Smart Aid: Asking Good Questions When Supporting A Cause

By Rebecca Lujan Loveless
If you know me at all, you will not be surprised that I am consistently tweeting, facebooking, blogging or just talking loudly in public about practices that might seem good on the surface but, when the curtain is pulled back, reveal something other.  This blog post is about that.
If you're anything like [...]

By |June 10th, 2012|Assets, Concepts, How to..., Videos|0 Comments

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)

Asking for help at the last minute is a bit lame but that's just what I did to Dan Crain this past Saturday at the first POLIS Institute ( ABCD training. He graciously helped out - a lot. His help was invaluable. We set up the room for the 17 people who came to the [...]

By |November 17th, 2009|Assets, Change, Commitment, Place|1 Comment