Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block: 2015 Lineup

Here's the 2015 schedule and guests for free online/dial-in conversations with John and Peter.
All are at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

June 2 – Ruston Seaman, New Vision Renewable Energy
August 4 – Edd Conboy, Philadelphia’s Broad Street Ministry
October 6 – Paula Boggs Muething, City Solicitor, Cincinnati
December 8
– Michelle Long, Executive Director, BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) and advisor, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Upcoming October 6 Conversation with Paula Boggs, 1 p.m. Eastern time
This conversation gives some balance in talking with a super-involved city senior executive, Paula Boggs Muething. She is Solicitor of the City of Cincinnati, which means she is on the Mayor's Cabinet, serves as a close advisor and runs the legal team for the city. Paula was formerly in charge of legal matters for the Regional Port Authority, a major investor in revitalizing vulnerable neighborhoods.

John, Peter and Paula will talk for about a half hour about how to create economic vitality in poor neighborhoods. One focus will be what Peter and Paula call the Friends and Family small business loan fund, a way of creating access to capital for individuals who want to create place-based or neighborhood businesses but don’t have the connections or opportunities to do so through a network of family and friends or traditional sources of capital.

After the lead-in discussion, they’ll open the conversation up for questions and comments from anyone who wants to stay around.

It's easy to listen and participate. If you can’t listen live, the conversation will be archived.

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Collective Impact Summit

September 28 - October 2, 2015
Vancouver, Canada

Join the Tamarack Institute for their Collective Impact Summit, an exclusive learning experience that will bring you the most current thinking and resources from the emerging field of Collective Impact. It is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of practitioners who are discovering new ways to lead, engage, and transform communities by tackling our most complex issues. ABCD faculty members Al Etmanski and Paul Born will be among the presenters.

For more information or to register

Military Moral Injury Symposium: Furthering Understanding and Exploring Innovative Interventions: A Forum for Individuals and Organizations Serving Our Veterans and Their Families

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604

Presented by the Union League American Legion Post 758, the Union League Club of Chicago, Military Outreach USA, and DePaul University.
  • Military Moral Injury: Context and philosophical underpinnings
  • Clinical Approaches and Innovations
  • Introduction to ABCD - Jody Kretzmann of the ABCD Institute
  • Capacity Building among different faiths
  • Moving from theory to practice: an inquiry into moral injury and community engagement
 For more information and to register

The Coleman Foundation, ABCD Institute and Center for Independent Futures Present ...

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: National Louis University, North Shore Campus
Public Forum Room, 3rd Floor
5202 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077

Facilitated by ABCD faculty member Paul Arnston

Keynote Speaker:
Al Condeluci, PhD, MSW
CEO of Community Living and Support Services

Symposium Highlights:
• Learn from nationally recognized leaders about community inclusion and organizing
• Hear firsthand from families working to create community-based alternative housing options
• Explore ideas about the opportunities and challenges of creating a housing solution in your area
• Build networks and share resources with professionals, family groups and individuals
• Become part of the team to determine next steps toward creating housing options in Illinois

For more information or to register

ABCD Asia Pacific Presents:
The Victoria Unconference 2015 - A Participant-Driven Gathering on ABCD Asia Pacific!

Date: November 24 to 27, 2015
Location: Holmesglen at Eildon
Organized by ABCD Faculty Member Dee Brooks

Community resilience and innovation: from surviving to thriving.

The Unconference key agitators will provide the space and experience to support the emergence of social innovation and transformation using the following practices as the frameworks of discovery
• Asset-Based Community Development
• Appreciative Inquiry
• Circle Work
• Open Space Technology
• Person Centred Practices
• Theory U
• World Café
• Social Enterprise

For more information or to register

Coady International Institute St. Francis Xavier University
Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development Course

April 18 - May 5, 2016

This course is built on lessons learned from communities that are driving their own development. Through class work and field visits, participants are introduced to principles and methods for supporting citizen-led sustainable change where they work, and leave with a plan for operationalizing an asset-based and citizen-driven development (ABCD) approach.
It is recommended that you apply six months before course is held.

For more information and to apply


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