Hot off the press!
Minnesota Campus Compact is pleased to announce the publication of our new book, Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education. Whether you are focused on supporting youth development, improving educational outcomes, reducing health disparities, expanding economic opportunity, fostering civil dialogue, or advancing community well-being in some other way, you can find power in this framework focused on local people’s capacities rather than needs.
The book, edited by John Hamerlinck and Julie Plaut, contains thoughtful essays and case studies that explore the opportunities at the intersection of campus-community partnerships and Asset-Based Community Development, an approach to community improvement popularized by John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann in Building Communities From The Inside Out.
Contributing authors include Maria Avila, Atum Azzahir, Richard Battistoni, Tara Bengle, Rachel Cleaves, Jeff Corn, Mike Green, Nicholas Longo, Carolyn McAndrews, Keith Morton, Luther K. Snow, Janni Sorensen, and Byron P. White. For more information, including the table of contents and a link to purchase the book online (a bargain at $15.00!), please visit http://mncampuscompact.org/abcd/.
We are also eager to hear and share your own stories and insights regarding asset-based community engagement work. Some participants in our recent 20th anniversary summit, at which John McKnight spoke, expressed interest in convening a community of practice focused on such work as well. To add your perspective and discuss potential next steps, please contact John Hamerlinck at firstname.lastname@example.org.