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Belgian municipalities experiment with new model for addressing resource constraints and creating a thriving community

In the municipalities of Olen and Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium, where increasing citizen demands and shrinking resources have begun to generate a sense of desperation, local government leaders are open to experimenting with the addition of a new paradigm to their current ways of working.

Vanessa Reid

'If there had been no crisis, we could not have known this quality of being together was possible'
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This spring, for the first time in the four years that we have been working on the ground with citizens in Greece, I heard Greeks saying that they are grateful for the collapse of their systems.

Cormac Russell

The intellectual heritage of Asset-Based Community Development
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We’ve just finished the ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) Festival where we celebrated with people from 17 countries. We revelled in the greatness of small, local, and organic things. And we weren’t alone. On June 18 we trended at Number 6 in the UK on Twitter for over two hours, then dropped to Number 10 for a further hour; and we also trended at Number 9 in Canada.

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