Topic Tents

Topic Tents will be held for one hour from 2:00-3:00pm Tuesday to Thursday (with an extra slot from 11:30-12:30pm on Thursday) to provide space for both planned and spontaneous discussions about provocative issues that are keeping you up at night.  These discussions will be introduced by a host for 10 minutes and then opened up for participant-driven dialogue.  If you would like to host a topic tent, please submit your idea here and come prepared to introduce this topic for 10 minutes.  There will also be an opportunity for you sign up to be a host at the Festival. 

 

Topic Tent Theme

Shifting practice: The role of citizens, leaders, “gappers” and the State

Host

Sub-Group 1

Working in the gap: Reflections from connectors and community-builders employed by institutions and working with communities

Dan Duncan

Sub-Group 2

What leadership competencies and values are needed to build assets and community?

Paul Schmitz

Sub-Group 3

Government policies that stimulate and support citizen-led development

Gord Cunningham

Sub-Group 4

The “nuts and bolts” of shifting an organization from one that is needs-based to asset-based; from institution-driven to community-driven (e.g. mission statements, entry points, language, etc.)

Deb Wisniewski,

Brianne Peters

Sub-Group 5

Intro to ABCD

John McKnight

Sub-Group 6

Artist’s Hive

Judith Snow

 

Topic Tent Theme

20 Years Later: What is the impact of ABCD?

Host

Sub-Group 1

ABCD and collective impact: Synergies and tensions

Paul Schmitz

Sub-Group 2

A donor’s perspective: Why invest in asset-based approaches?

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Sub-Group 3

How does ABCD address the “big issues” of our day (e.g. climate change, inequality)?

Cormac Russell

Sub-Group 4

Intro to ABCD

John McKnight

Sub-Group 5

Artist’s Hive

Judith Snow

 

Topic Tent Theme

Community-Building Tools and Approaches

Host

Sub-Group 1

Asset mapping techniques (social media, digital assets of a community, shifting mindsets)

Peter Kenyon,

Deb Wisniewski

Sub-Group 2

Hosting (difficult) conversations that matter

Dee Brooks

Sub-Group 3

Intro to ABCD

John McKnight

Sub-Group 4

Artist’s Hive

Judith Snow

Sub-Group 5

TBD by participants

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Sub-Group 6

TBD by participants

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Topic Tent Theme

What other issues are keeping us up at night?

Host

Sub-Group 1

ABCD and communities of faith

Peter Kenyon

Sub-Group 2

Asset-based approaches for resilience and recovery

Michelle Dunscombe

Sub-Group 3

Inclusiveness and mutuality

Dee Brooks,

Deb Wisniewski

Sub-Group 4

TBD by participants

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Sub-Group 5

TBD by participants

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Sub-Group 6

TBD by participants

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