Asset-based Community Development

Asset-based Community Development- Community Asset Mapping

(Cross-listing with Community Asset Mapping.) The value of mapping to sustainable communities is that it provides a familiar and concrete form to present meaningful data and orient stakeholders in regards to an issue. It can also be a process undertaken collaboratively with a community — thereby becoming a shared, collective artifact. In Asset Based Community Development, maps are commonly used to collect and present assets.

Courses and supplementary material for this Big Idea are located in the list below.

Asset-based Community Development

Asset-based community development, commonly referred to by practitioners as ABCD, starts by looking at community strengths, or assets, including what communities are already doing well, and uses these as building blocks for change. 

Courses and supplementary material for this Big Idea are located in the list below.

Women in Science Fiction

This course examines the heritage of women’s science fiction from Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World (1666) to Janelle Monáe’s 21st century Afrofuturist albums. Engaging such themes as racial segregation, gender identity, queer sexuality, and sustainability, the course will explore women who have used science fiction to comment on social inequities and propose avenues toward more sustainable, just worlds. These women thus assert the social justice stakes of imaginative futures.

Food Literacy of Atlanta

In the past decade Atlanta has undergone phenomenal changes in infrastructure, and food culture because of two things: being a beta-hub in the tech industry, and tax credits that have cultivated a thriving film industry. This influx of people, money, and innovation, restaurant culture has seen tremendous growth. This Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) course encourages students to learn the story of Atlanta through its food history.

Residential Design and Construction

The course will move students through the process of designing and building a home working with a local non-profit developer. The process will move from the duediligence of lot selection and determining the best use for a lot within the constraints of an organization working to move a community from rental to home ownership. Once a footprint is determined, a home will be designed to include plans, elevations, structural components, and a sustainability plan based on an EarthCraft Worksheet. Projects will be delivered to the Executive team of the non-profit.

Development Economics

This is a graduate course on development economics. The course will cover a wide range of topics including how communities differ in terms of: economic growth, poverty, inequality, and human development. The course will help students understand what do we mean by sustainable development, what are the problems in achieving it and how can we overcome those problems.

Environmental Engineering Senior Design

Capstone Design-Environmental Section is an interdisciplinary environmental design experience. The course is offered in parallel with the civil engineering section of the course; CEE students may form teams with mixed CE and EnvE composition; and teams from each program may perform projects in either section. Students form teams of 3 – 5 people, and these teams function as “companies” that provide engineering services under guidance of a sponsor on design project that the team selects.

Global Development Minor Capstone Course

My course encourages students to think about how they might study or design technologies with a focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals objectives, paying special attention to the needs of underserved, under-resourced, and under-represented communities across the world.

Beyond the Haircut: A University Barbershop Case Study (GT Business)

The University Barbershop stands at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and James P Brawley Drive in Atlanta, GA. Established in 1956, it is one of the oldest barbershops in America. Today, it remains an important center where local boys find mentorship, and patrons find community.  In this case study, barber LaTeef Majaliwa contemplates the unique position of University Barbershop, and wonders how he can strength community impact while also meeting the economic needs of the barbershop and its employees. 

Lateef Majaliwa (University Barbershop) and Bob Myers (Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business) created this case to stimulate discussion around sustainable communities and business. It was supported by the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. (July 2017)