ABCD Masterclass with Ron Dwyer-Voss (Brisbane)

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  • Masterclass in ABCD with Ron Dwyer-Voss (Brisbane)
    November 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

DATE:            9th November 2018

TIME:             9am – 4pm

VENUE:         Food Connect, 1/8 Textile Cres, Salisbury, Brisbane, Qld, 4107

COST:             $275 (inc. GST)


The relationship between organisations and communities is changing and this change is going to require a fundamental shift in behaviour from both officers in organisations and residents in communities. In this stretching and refreshing Master Class, Ron Dwyer-Voss, who is a thought and practice leader in Asset Based Community Development, will provide participants with the opportunity to look at three fundamental questions for creating sustainable and resilient communities:

  • What can communities do that organisations cannot?
  • What can organisations do that communities cannot?
  • What can communities do with organisations that neither can do alone?

Ron will demonstrate why he believes that the traditional customer segmentation and needs analysis approaches are the way of the past, and that a focus on assets and strengths is the future.

Master Class Content

In this Master Class Ron Dwyer-Voss will:

  • Share the fundamental principles of Asset Based Community Development.
  • Share practical tools and techniques that participants can utilise in their own organisations.
  • Share his experiences of working across the world using asset based community development to grow communities in the most challenging of circumstances.
  • Give participants the opportunity to work through some of the challenges that they are currently facing and apply what they have heard.
Who Should Attend?

This Master Class is aimed at all community leaders, and may be of particular interest to:

  • Directors with a responsibility for regeneration and development.
  • Municipal councillors.
  • Council officers with an interest in community development.
  • Health professionals.
  • Employees in voluntary and community sectors.
About the Trainer: Ron Dwyer-Voss

Ron Dwyer-Voss is currently the primary consultant and trainer at Pacific Community Solutions.  Ron founded Pacific Community Solutions in 2006 to support people, organisations, and agencies working to create positive social and economic change in their local communities. Pacific Community Solutions engages a variety of talented and engaging professional trainers and consultants when working on large projects, especially around youth leadership development, evaluation, and projects needing bilingual facilitators.

Ron is considered an international expert on community development, community engagement, and non-profit governance and management. A dynamic presenter and facilitator, he is a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. Ron trains, coaches, and consultants for NeighborWorks America and its many local affiliates and is a regular consultant to Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization program.

Ron began organizing social change in 1986 when he co-lead the Inter-Campus Sanctuary Network for Central American refugees and the successful South African divestment campaign at California Lutheran College.  Later he worked in Chicago as a community economic development and housing specialist and as a community organizer in the Pilsen and Austin/West Garfield neighborhoods. Ron was trained and mentored in the 1990s by Jody Kretzmann of the ABCD Institute.

Ron later worked with rural communities throughout the western United States through Rural Community Assistance Corporation.  There he led the design and implementation of the ground breaking California Agricultural Worker Health and Housing Program in collaboration with The California Endowment as well as dozens of local partners and farm-worker controlled organizations.  As Deputy Director of Sacramento Mutual Housing Association Ron led an effort to develop local leaders throughout Sacramento’s poorest communities, combining traditional community organizing with Asset Based Community Development approaches.

Ron has been a large congregation youth director, a youth camp program director, and designed and implemented youth leadership training for hundreds of young people in the USA, Mexico, Honduras and Hong Kong.

Presented by Bank of I.D.E.A.S
Phone:  (08) 6293 1848



Sponsored by:
Food Connect



DISCLAIMER: This event is being organised by the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (and local partners). We will endeavour to make sure all the information relevant to this event is correct and up to day, however, details are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the participant to check the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. website for the most current information.
REFUND POLICY: 90% refund if cancellation is given in writing prior to the two weeks before the event. No refund given within two weeks of the event date, however tickets are transferable.


Food Connect, 1/8 Textile Crescent, Salisbury,, Brisbane, Queensland, 4107, Australia