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Giftbook was founded with the foresight of enabling transformation in our very own communities by using and engaging the gifts of its people. We want to connect people who are not in relationship with each other through working with associations and through direct invitation. We want to give a voice to the voiceless.

It is based on the belief that local citizens, connected together, have the power to know what needs to be done in their neighbourhood, the power to decide how we could do what needs to be done and the power to join with ones neighbours to do what needs to be done. This shift and movement is a search for an alternate, more community-based way to lead a satisfying life. All we need to do is to shift our thinking first and then to act on that shift. It comes at a time where citizens are taking action by using their gifts to become a part of the solution.

This social network is an invitation to participate in igniting change and building a better community for everyone. We have the gifts, the structures and the capabilities on our doorstep. It is up to us to engage them. This is true regardless of the culture we find ourselves in. Be it urban or rural, rich or poor. We have all that we need to create abundant communities and this is the place to begin that discussion.

We welcome you to bring your own unique experience, thoughts and ideas into this social network through the act of participation. Form action forums by having meetings, either online or at venues face to face. Join us and your neighbours in co-creating a community that emphasises action, nurtures family and produces useful citizens.

We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now. - Dr. Martin Luther King.

Who should join:

No matter what your background or circumstances, you have a gift. A gift that only manifests when it is shared. Everyone who wants to make a difference in their community is welcomed.

All citizens are welcome to partake in community-building as all of us have some way in which we can contribute, no matter how small. We welcome you to take action and aid the solution.

Target Audience:

  • Marginalized                                                        
  • Disadvantaged                                                                              image            
  • Welfare recipients
  • Unemployed
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Youth at risk
  • Young Adults
  • Older Adults                                                           
  • Rural and Urban citizens
  • Philanthropists
  • Faith-based organisations
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Business people
  • Government
  • Private sector
  • Civil society
  • Grass-roots change agents
  • Education leaders and teachers
  • Professors, academics and students

 

Click here to find out more about What is Asset Based Community Development

Click here to find out about Mike Green's Asset Based Community Development

 

Additional articles and resources on community development:

  • Twelve guiding principles of community engagement - ABCD in action
  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Every community has more assets than it knows - ABCD
  • Recognising and mobilising assets to build inclusive, sustainable and dynamic communities
  • When people care enough to act
  • Community asset mapping - Program for change
  • Introduction to asset mapping
  • Community capacities and community necessities
  • How do you change the world?
  • Lessons learned from neighbour power