Workshops announced on ‘Transforming Neighborhoods into Resilient Communities’

Here’s the press release from organizer Gaya Erlandson:

Transforming Neighborhoods into Resilient Communities
Two workshops in two weeks

The need for us all to “live locally” in resilient communities is urgent – for youth, families and all those that want to “age in place” – and now it is very do-able. For the first-time ever, anywhere, the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) model is being combined with the governance structure and decision-making process known as Sociocracy or Dynamic Governance (DG) and the focus is on working with people right where they live. It’s about converting existing neighborhoods (where people mostly don’t know one another) into true, collaborative communities. If you are interested in having your neighborhood transformed – or just want to know what this new movement is all about, please register today.** Both workshops will be held at Land of Sky Regional Center, 339 New Leicester Hwy, in Asheville, NC.

Please read the following.

1) Enhancing the Role of Government Agencies and Service Organizations – Friday, July 26, 9 am-12 noon. Fee: $35 each or $25 each for 2 or more people from the same organization. ($99 for both workshops).

This 3-hour presentation is geared primarily toward government agencies, nonprofit service organizations, local businesses and philanthropists – potential funders and collaborators – who can see that the best answer to many of today’s challenges regarding our youth, economy, environment, health, affordable housing and elder care – is community. Facilitator Dan Duncan’s expertise includes: Assets-Based Community Development; Outcomes-Based Grantmaking; Results-Based Accountability™; Relationship-Based Fundraising; and Organizational and Board Development. In part as president of United Way in Tuscon, AZ, Dan has spent decades showing how funds can be leveraged and results greatly enhanced. Dan is flying in from Austin, Texas and will be joined by Gaya Erlandson, a 20-year resident of WNC, long-time community advocate and facilitator of Dynamic Governance.

We’re looking for support to do the first neighborhood pilot project and demonstrate what is possible when various organizations and residents come together to unleash the power of community-driven collaboration. Together, we hope to inspire numerous such neighborhood projects that begin to transform the Asheville area into a network of resilient, caring communities where elders, families and people of all ages thrive.

2) It Takes a Village: How to Transform Our Neighborhoods into Caring Communities Saturday, July 27, 9am-4pm, Fee $55-99,** includes lunch.

This is a first-ever workshop on combining the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) model with Dynamic Governance (DG) for transforming almost any neighborhood into a resilient community. It is being offered to area residents interested in possibly having their neighborhood transformed, as well as to potential funders and collaborators. Each of these two approaches involves a set of principles and methodologies that have been used and developed for over 30 years with tremendous success. From this workshop, attendees will be positioned to begin the collaboration needed to catalyze our neighborhoods into true, caring communities and leave a powerful legacy for generations to come.

**Fee is $55 each for 5 or more persons from the same neighborhood. Special early-bird fee of $69 if register by TODAY, Friday July 12 (we need your confirmation asap); or $89 if register by Monday, July 22, and it’s $99 per person at the door.
Saturday workshop fee includes lunch.

For more information and to register for either or both workshops, please go to: You also are welcome to contact Gaya Erlandson by hitting reply or calling: 828-581-9036.


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