Business workshops out to change attitudes
TWO independent development practitioners are set to challenge the way entrepreneurs and other business people view their assets, helping them develop better strategies.
The Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) workshops are the brainchild of development practitioner Gillian Wilton, who describes them as a tool to convince people to work with what they have, rather than focus on what they lack.
“It is an opportunity to visualise, plan and actualise goals based on assets ranging from human, social and material to financial. It can also be used as a personal growth tool,” Wilton said. The training is to be divided into four workshops to be held on Wednesdays, starting this Wednesday and running until February 7.
The workshops will explore topics such as the different types of assets; how to appreciate and grow them; building social capital and how to strengthen a local economy.
“We will also look at what people already have and how to build with that. Once people start seeing what they have, they become more confident and motivated to use those for growth,” Wilton added.
Those who might find the training useful include everyone from small business owners, community leaders and organisations to youths, artists, entrepreneurs and healers.
Wilton said their approach focused on the strengths and capacities that communities and individuals already possessed and was based on the belief that meaningful and lasting community change always came from within.
The workshops will also challenge poverty consciousness and help participants to connect to freedom and abundance.
The workshops, which build on each other, will be held at the Slave Church in Long Street in the CBD.
While the workshops are free, donations are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks to share.