Supporting citizens' initiatives and giving them a voice. How do you best tackle this? What do citizen initiatives really need? How do you reach them? How do you work together? How do you get the best out of the neighborhood ?!
ABCD stands for "asset-based community development", development based on the assets of a neighborhood. Chloé Mercenier starts from the deep conviction that neighborhoods have their talents, motivations, and their leaders. The CitizenDev / Connecteurs Athenée project is testing this method for the first time in Brussels. Rather than passively waiting for the residents' initiative, we use this method to talk to the neighborhood and to link people who have something to offer for their community. In this way we help initiatives from the bottom up. We currently supervise around 20 resident initiatives within this project. The CitizenDev project runs in three different communities, each with its own specific character. This way we can see in which circumstances the method produces the best results.
Moderator: Piet Van Meerbeek | BRAL
Resurge: Chloé Mercenier (ULB) | Connecteursixelles
Example from Brussels: Matongé|Connecteur Matonge
Exemple bruxellois: Hans Eelens | Contrat de Quartier Durable Jonction & Les Marolles