top of page
nbn header graphic.png

Why Asset Based Community Development Matters

Our guiding principles are based on the asset-based community development framework. Our involvement with any project or collaboration in our city focuses on bringing residents to the places where discussions and decisions are being made or processed for implementation.

nbn community photo



There are certain things that only residents, in association with one another and the assets around them, can do. Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) is focused on this domain of change.



Small local places are the stage on which a good, sustainable and satisfying life unfolds. Seeing the neighborhoods as the primary unit of change is a powerful strategy for addressing some of our most intractable socio-political challenges. It is a strategy that is counter-cultural, in that it seems to contradict the vast swathe of helping strategies of Institutions

hwy 52 sign


Inclusion Focused

Communities have imperceptible boundaries, inside which are those deemed to belong, and outside are those considered to be strangers. ABCD therefore, as well as supporting local residents to discover and connect local assets, is about actively creating a welcome for ‘strangers’ at the edge of those unnamed boundaries.



The starting point for  Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) is with what’s strong, not what’s wrong. Some misunderstand this as an attempt to minimize life’s challenges, or normalize injustices, nothing could be further from the truth.

black familhy photo
bottom of page