Welcome to the ABCDE Community

The National Network of ABCDE Community Building Learning Sites offers a fresh approach to strengthening communities within the Australian context. 

Pioneered in the UK by Nurture Development, the model adopts ABCDE (Asset Based Community Driven Efforts) principles, methodologies and practice to empower local residents to become citizens and co-creators of their future, rather than clients, customers or consumers of programs and services often implemented through top down, outside in approaches. By helping residents to discover, connect, act upon and celebrate the local assets of their community through building and strengthening relationships, the ABCDE Learning Sites model gives communities the necessary tools to become more connected, caring and inclusive. Participants can enter the network at a level of involvement and commitment appropriate to their community, and in doing so will be provided with a range of resources, on line and on the ground support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. To find out more about how the process works or how to become involved, please read the information given below. 


ABCDE What It Is All About?

Read a brief summary on Asset Based Community Driven Efforts (ABCDE)

Discussion Paper

Access information on the ABCDE Community Building Learning Sites model in Australia. The Discussion Paper includes information on how the process will be executed and the various levels of involvement and commitment available to interested communities

What Is In It For Us?

Find out exactly how the adopting the ABCDE methodology can benefit your community

Learning Sites Presentation

This Presentation by Peter Kenyon explores the essential elements involved in becoming an ABCDE Learning Site described in ten touch stones

How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what’s wrong within a community Cormac Russell argues we need to start with what’s strong. We need to help people discover what gifts they have and to use those gifts to enrich those around them.