Toolkit

We collected resources – games, ideas, training materials – that can be used locally by people who want to to try ABCD in their communities. On this page you can find useful links and clips and things to download.

Check out the ABCD Institute Toolkit Page for links to loads of great stuff including the brilliant We Can game that really gets people talking and relaxing and thinking about their assets.

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We also love the Head, Hands, Heart exercise. Here’s what you do. Pair up with a person you don’t know very well. Take a few minutes to think about your assets and then take about five minutes each to share these assets with the other person. Think about them in 3 different groups:

Head – Knowledge that you have in a particular area like child development, health care, history of the neighborhood…

Hands – Physical skills you would be willing to teach others e.g. carpentry, photography, painting, bicycle repair…

Heart – What are your passions; what stirs you to action; what would you walk across hot coals for?

If you write your assets on post-it notes you can stick them up on the wall so everyone else can see them. It’s amazing how quickly people start connecting with others when they start sharing their skills, talents, gifts.head, hands, heartWe’re creating our own resources to help teach people about ABCD. You can download our  A to Zee of ABCD Quiz. You can play this at the end of a session. Every letter corresponds in some way with a word to do with ABCD. All you need is someone to ask the questions and everyone else can shout out the answers. You can split into teams or do it with everyone together. We’ve had a lot of fun with it!

We’ve also got an ABCD Wordsearch that is really good for the start of sessions when people are arriving and are a bit nervous and it’s nice to have something to do.

There’s an excellent TED Talk by Cormac Russell that explains, explores, recounts, and implores us to see the world in an ABCD way:

We were a co-production project where professionals and ordinary people worked together as equals. Here’s a brilliant animation to explain what co-production is. It is called “No more throw away people”