October 2014 stories (17)

Addressing HIV in India through Community Life Competence Approach

Bobby Zachariah, Coach, The Constellation for Community Life Competence  

Nabesh Bohidar, Care India

Rituu B. Nanda, The Constellation

HIV is a significant issue impacting India, especially among its migrant populations. In this short article, we describe a strength-based facilitative intervention designed to reduce HIV vulnerabilities among those groups.  This action, applying a participatory Community Life Competence approach, was developed and carried out by…


Added by Nabesh Bohidar on October 31, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The legacy and sustainability of Participatory Video

Another field visit has passed like the wind. It left rich learning behind for all of us: for you and me. It’s been a pleasure really to hear local facilitators in Guyana, Cameroon, South Africa and the Philippines reflect on the legacy and sustainability of Participatory Video in their communities, alongside Jay Mistry from…


Added by Soledad Muniz on October 30, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

The 2015 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference call for proposals and registration is now open!

Please join us in South Africa in July 2015 for the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference! Proposal submissions are due Jan 15, 2015  and the Early Bird Registration closes January 31..  

WAIC Website Link

 Hope to see you there!

Added by Lindsey Godwin on October 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Les habitants d'une commune Belge, construisent sur leurs forces et compétences pour réaliser leur rêve commun pour leur village!

Les habitants du village de Grez-Doiceau (Belgique) développent leur rêve commun et utilisent leurs forces et compétences pour agir ensemble!


Pendant deux jours, 45 habitants de la commune de Grez-Doiceau, ont partagé leurs rêves pour mieux vivre ensemble, ont noué des liens entre voisins pour construire ensemble leur village de rêve. A l'initiative d'un groupe d'habitant, les habitants de ce village ont été invité à…


Added by khorchi laurie on October 20, 2014 at 8:40pm — 4 Comments

The stories still hard to find: The local responses to Ebola

This morning when I googled "local response" + "ebola", here's some of the headlines I found:

Nurse's visit spurs Ohio Ebola fears 

Florida: County and hospitals prepare for Ebola

As KU Hospital tests patient with Ebola-like symptoms, Lawrence agencies coordinate response

Denton City Council to be briefed on virus…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 20, 2014 at 5:44pm — 1 Comment

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) explained through animation

Hi All,

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to community development, as well as a way of thinking and seeing.Here's a great clip explaining ABCD through animation - it's great!

I'm going to use it often when people ask me, "What do you actually do for work?"…


Added by Dee Brooks on October 19, 2014 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

When you believe People can, They can!

When you believe People can, They  can!

Two weeks ago, I joined some enthusiastic community volunteers from Flacq on a visit to  Etoile d’Esperance. This is an organization in Mauritius, working to help women with alcohol addiction and other related problems to take treatment and transition to a new life. It offers a residential programme for fifteen women apart from day care and after care.

The visit was special. The residents showed us around in small groups,…


Added by Sanghamitra Iyengar on October 10, 2014 at 7:09pm — 1 Comment

Inhabitants of Grez-Doiceau put their dreams at work

Grez-Doiceau in Belgium is dreaming and planning this weekend.

Belcompétence is demonstrating again the example of what is possible, enjoy this vidéo:


Good luck to the team of facilitators!!


Added by Marlou on October 10, 2014 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

Equipe de sensibilisation dans la ville de Macenta

Au travers les compétences face à Ebola, un groupe encadré par la mission Philafricaine  applique SALT par le porte à porte.

Added by joseph koïvogui on October 10, 2014 at 3:31am — No Comments

One tree at a time...

Hi All,

I recently added a blog post to the ABCD Asia Pacific site which you might be interested in!

It discusses the importance of starting small - one conversation at a time!

We can hear a lot from people by having Learning Conversations and discovering what they truly care about...

You can find the blog …


Added by Dee Brooks on October 7, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Developing a self assessment tool to understand the impact of an organization on the community after 25 years

Samraksha is a development organization which has been working with communities for more than two decades now. Samraksha started its work in the field of HIV and reproductive sexual health, and has always been committed to working with the communities in order to prevent the spread of HIV and reduce its impact on the affected people. In order to do this, we have always used strengths based approach and worked with different communities – communities of identity like those of women in sex…


Added by Divya Sarma on October 6, 2014 at 3:12pm — 1 Comment

Community response to Ebola is essential to save lives

This was the conversation we had on facebook and I'm sharing here. I shared an example of community responding to Ebola which sparked a conversation and we all concluded that engaging communities in response to Ebola is critical to saving lives.…


Added by HODJO Manzamasso on October 4, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Generative Conversations in Healthcare

I want share this wonderful article made by Charles Elliott. It is probably one of the best stories about how to build community life competence ever written.


Added by Kaj Voetmann on October 4, 2014 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

Questions that make a difference

I want to share a small introduction to the art of asking questions inspired by Appreciation.

I think all appreciative questions always refer back to the purpose of what we are doing. So in the words used in the introduction, I believe you should always start with a generative question and ask for real human experiences.

Getting started

If you want to start asking appreciative questions you should use these questions:

  1. What is the…

Added by Kaj Voetmann on October 4, 2014 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

Positivity Strategist Podcast: Strength-based business education

 I am happy to share my recent Podcast with Robyn Stratton-Berkessel as part of her "Positive Strategist" series. We talked about innovative, strength-based business-education approaches and how we bring the appreciative mindset into our work. Listen to Podcast here and I look…


Added by Lindsey Godwin on October 3, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Speed Networking

Our Speed Dating Forum occurs annually. No romance involved! It creates opportunity for community professionals, community groups, individuals and businesses to meet and share what it is they do and what their concerns are.

This year the discussion will be on homelessness. Australia is perceived as a wealthy country and it is but as with many wealthy countries the wealth seems to congregate in certain corners and leave many families with few resources.

In the outskirts of a…


Added by Cindy-Lee Harper on October 1, 2014 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Creating safe communities for children

One of our key messages is creating safe communities for children. We have a Safe T Net project which includes a website development with children where they can consider what being unsafe feels like, who do I talk to and who do I call?

In a country so focussed on material goods we have high levels of social isolation which is not safe for anyone, particularly…


Added by Cindy-Lee Harper on October 1, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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