Cormac Russell is Managing Director of Nurture Development, Director of ABCD Europe and a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. 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. 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.
Environmental activist and writer Rob Hopkins talks with Nurture Development's Cormac Russell on community development and what happens when people come together and behave effectively in a way that’s about right relationships with each other and the place that they're in.… read more »
How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what's wrong within a community, Cormac argues in this video of his TEDxExeter talk that we need to start with what's strong. We need to help people discover what gifts they have and to use those gifts to enrich those around them.… read more »
Reflections for the year ahead on community building the ABCD way… read more »
In June 2015 ABCD Europe marked the 20th anniversary of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute by bringing together people from around the world who have fostered place-based, citizen-led, and asset-based social movements.That week Festival Convenor and ABCD Europe Co-Director Cormac Russell also launched his new book in which he and John McKnight explore ABCD's intellectual heritage over the last forty years.… read more »
What does a one-room schoolhouse in Michigan have to do with Greece, Europe, Democracy and the now floundering economic globalization experiment?… read more »
How Ivan Illich's classic "Deschooling Society," Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and a group called Bikers Against Child Abuse inspire community building.… read more »
The central challenge for participation, and inclusion more generally, is how can we promote citizen-led innovation that stays local, but over time proliferates? La Leche League is a wonderful example of what we can do to support people to share their healthfulness with each other.… read more »