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Able:Forum presents ABCD Training with Dr. Mary Nelson

Join us for an Asset-Based Community Developement (ABCD) training with Dr. Mary Nelson. The ABCD approach builds up strong, resilient communities based on a principle that the communities we serve are rich in assets, talents and abilities. 


This "train the trainer" seminar with Dr. Nelson will provide basics and background for practioiners new to ABCD, as well as hands on exercises for experienced practioiners. Attendance will be capped at 50 to ensure meaningful, productive conversation. Lunch will be provided. 


Dr. Mary Nelson is on the faculty of the ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) Institute at DePaul University and President Emeritus of Bethel New Life, a faith based community development corporation, where she served for 26 years. Bethel pioneered in creative community based efforts to build healthier, sustainable and equitable communities on Chicago’s west side. Some of the most notable projects include the adaptive re-use of a closed down inner city hospital, and a smart, green, mixed use commercial center at a transit stop. The Bethel efforts are examples of ABCD in action. She still lives, works and worships in the same low income African American community. Dr. Nelson actively participates in city-wide, national policy advocacy efforts. She was Executive Director (2012-2015) of the Parliament of the World’s Religions where she participated in gatherings in many parts of the world, fostered local interfaith connections, helped develop a Faiths against Hate initiative and led towards the Salt Lake City 2015 Parliament event. She is currently Executive Consultant. She is one of the original founders of Christian Community Development Association and is currently a Board Member.  Dr. Nelson also served on the Board of Sojourners. Dr. Nelson has her PhD from Union Graduate School and six honorary PhDs, and is now doing consulting, writing and teaching. She is the author of the handbook, Empowerment, published by CCDA (2010), and has authored chapters in a number of books on sustainable community development.


Questions? jane@able.is or 650-539-4158