Busi­ness work­shops out to change at­ti­tudes

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - BULELWA PAYI

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.

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