Asset-Based Community Development: Lessons From Across the World

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Guest Speaker: Cormac Russell

Host: Paul Born

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Asset-based community development (ABCD) is a bottom-up way of working with communities that focuses on community strengths and assets rather than on deficits and problems. ABCD is built on four foundations:

  1. It focuses on community assets and strengths rather than problems and needs
  2. It identifies and mobilizes individual and community assets, skills and passions
  3. It is community driven
  4. It is relationship driven

In this webinar with Cormac Russell, a leading trainer of ABCD, we will help you to move from principles to practice using lessons learned from ABCD sites across the world.

 

Speakers

Cormac Russell edited.jpgCormac Russell, Nature Development

Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.

His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.

In January 2011 Cormac was appointed to the Expert Reference Group on Community Organising and Communities First, by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society in the UK which he served on for the term of the Group.

  

Paul_Born02.jpgPaul Born, Tamarack Institute

Paul Born is the cofounder and Co CEO of Tamarack Institute, a leader on issues of place, citizenship engagement, collective impact, and community innovation. The author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers, Born is internationally recognized for his community-building activities that have won awards from the United Nations and as a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

Paul Born grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia as the son of Mennonite refugees. This in part is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good, work that he describes as collective altruism.

 

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