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Watch the TEDx Talk to gain a better understanding of Asset Based Community Development principles: Sustainable Community Development: From What's Wrong to What's Strong by Cormac Russell, Managing Director of Nurture Development, the leading Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) organization in Europe, and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at DePaul University.

Recommended reading for Asset Based Community Development:

  • Alexander, Michelle, "The New Jim Crow," The New Press, 2012

  • Banerjee, Abhijit V. and Esther Duflo, "Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty," Public Affairs 2011

  • Berry, Wendell, "The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture," Sierra Club Books 1996

  • Block, Peter, W. Brueggemann, J. McKnight, "An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture," Wiley and Sons 2016

  • Brooks, Jonathan and Sho Baraka, "Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods," IVP Books 2018

  • Castellanos, Noel, "Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center," IVP Books, 2015

  • Cayley, Daniel, "The Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of Ivan Illich," Anansi 2005

  • Evans, "Clarity as Concept: A Poet’s Perspective," Third World Press 2006

  • Evans, Mari, "I am a Black Woman," Morrow 1970

  • Evans, Mari, "Continuum," Just Us Books 2015

  • Galdamez, Pablo, "Faith of a People," Orbis, 1990

  • Gawande, Atul, "Better: A Surgeons Notes on Performance," Metropolitan Books 2007

  • Green, Mike with Henry Moore and John O’Brien, "ABCD in Action: When People Care Enough to Act," Inclusion Press 2006

  • Illich, Ivan, "Deschooling Society," Harper and Row, 1970

  • Illich, Ivan, "The Right to Useful Unemployment and its professional enemies," Marion Boyars (republished) 1996

  • Kendi, Ibrim X., "How To Be An Antiracist," One World 2019

  • Kretzmann, John P. and John McKnight, "Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets," The Asset Based Community Development Institute 1993

  • Mather, Michael, "Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places," Eerdmans 2018

  • McKnight, John and Peter Block, "The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods," Barrett-Koehler Publishing 2010

  • McKnight, John, "The Careless Society: Community and its Counterfeits," New York: Basic Books 1995

  • McKnight, John, "The Future of Low-Income Neighborhoods and the People Who Reside There: A Capacity Oriented Strategy For Neighborhood Development," Center For Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University 1997

  • Miller, Mauricio, "The Alternative: Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong," Lulu Publishing 2017

  • Rich, John, "Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men," John Hopkins University Press, 2011

  • Ross, Rupert, "Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice," Penguin Canada 2006

  • Schaper, Donna, "A Book of Common Power: Narratives Against the Current," LuraMedia 1989

  • Smith, Patricia, "Incendiary Art: Poetry," Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award 2015

  • Sirolli, Ernesto, "Ripples From the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies," New Society Publishers 1999

  • Villaneuva, Edgar, "Decolonizing Wealth: The Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance," Bennett-Kowhler 2018

  • Vitek, William and Wes Jackson, "Rooted In the Land: Essays on Community and Place," Yale University Press 1996