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Cormac Russell, ABCD on Social Inclusion. Recording in Ottawa Canada, December 2009.
Aug 9, 2010
Danny KilBride might attend Cormac Russell's event

Two-day Master class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diers & Cormac Russell at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

March 16, 2010 to March 17, 2010
A two-day master-class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diersauthor of ‘Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way’"Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighbourhood movement which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, 'Power to the People.' In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities his writing is a must-read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected…See More
Mar 5, 2010
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Two-day Master class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diers & Cormac Russell at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

March 16, 2010 to March 17, 2010
A two-day master-class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diersauthor of ‘Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way’"Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighbourhood movement which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, 'Power to the People.' In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities his writing is a must-read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected…See More
Mar 2, 2010
AnThi Ha might attend Cormac Russell's event

Two-day Master class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diers & Cormac Russell at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

March 15, 2010 to March 16, 2010
A two-day master-class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diersauthor of ‘Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way’"Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighbourhood movement which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, 'Power to the People.' In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities his writing is a must-read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected…See More
Feb 11, 2010
Cormac Russell and Judith Quigley are now friends
Feb 8, 2010
Judith Quigley might attend Cormac Russell's event

Two-day Master class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diers & Cormac Russell at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

March 15, 2010 to March 16, 2010
A two-day master-class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diersauthor of ‘Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way’"Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighbourhood movement which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, 'Power to the People.' In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities his writing is a must-read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected…See More
Feb 8, 2010
Cormac Russell commented on Nick Wilding's group Inquiry into Asset Based Community Development
"Hi Bob I think you're right in what you say, and I suspect if everyone thought the same, we'd have a much healthier, happier and less dependant world. Unfortuantely though as you know (I had a qick scan of your website which I really…"
Jan 23, 2010
Jane Foot commented on Cormac Russell's blog post A mindful approach to thinking about Assets, and ABCD
"i agree with Cormac about the danger of detaching asset mapping from asset based community development. There are already a few examples of agencies ' mapping assets' i.e. making an inventory of association and organisational assets in…"
Jan 22, 2010
Cormac Russell posted an event

Two Master class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diers & Cormac Russell at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

March 15, 2010 to March 16, 2010
A two-day master-class in Asset Based Community Development with Jim Diersauthor of ‘Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way’"Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighbourhood movement which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, 'Power to the People.' In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities his writing is a must-read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected…See More
Jan 22, 2010
Cormac Russell posted a blog post

A mindful approach to thinking about Assets, and ABCD

I’ve noticed a lot a great on-line unpacking going on regarding assets and what they are and what they are not at the recent NEF workshop. Here’s my two cents worth…I made it short and sweet..,..as I recognise that time is an asset we have less and less security of access to…Bill Mollison usefully reminds use that assets can be thought of through the lens of two basic questions:"What can I get from this land, or person? orWhat does this person, or land, have to give if I cooperate with them?"Of…See More
Jan 22, 2010
Cormac Russell left a comment for Paul Rogers
"Hi Paul, Welcome to fieryspirits...hope you made that link with Henk? All the best for the Christmas season, Cormac"
Dec 20, 2009
Cormac Russell posted blog posts
Dec 6, 2009
Cormac Russell replied to Debi Fry's discussion Power and Asset-Based Approaches in the group Inquiry into Asset Based Community Development
"Aidan, Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I really enjoyed reading your idea which as I understand it put forward two foundational points, 1) that ABCD is no more than rebranded Alinsky community organising-which ultimately failed, 2) that Obama…"
Dec 4, 2009
Cormac Russell left a comment for Thomas Moore
"Thomas thank you for you comments on my blog...I'd be very interested to learn more about the land trust movement. Can you send me some relevant material?"
Dec 4, 2009

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At 11:19 on September 13, 2009, Ted Smeaton said…
Hi Cormac

Thanks for reminding me about this site. While I am well connected in the Asia Pacific are I have not been to Britain and would love to engage with community development in Europe.

Cheers

Ted
At 11:18 on September 13, 2009, Ted Smeaton said…
Hi Cormac

Thanks for reminding me about this site. While I am well connected in the Asia Pacific are I have not been to Britain and would love to engage with community development in Europe.

Cheers

Ted
At 20:34 on September 8, 2009, Jim Diers said…
Thanks for letting me know about this site, Cormac. Although I'm working in 15 different countries, I've never been to Britain. I have heard some great things about the innovative community work happening there, and this seems like a wonderful opportunity to connect with the people behind it.
-Jim
At 9:30 on July 21, 2009, Nick Wilding said…
Hi Cormac
Welcome into Fiery Spirits... sounds like you have lots of great experience to share... hope you'll enjoy the environment here and that you're able to share some of your content. The 'doxtop' application is a good one to add to your home page if you've anything more detailed you can share (perhaps about 'the largest regeneration project Europe has ever seen')?

It would be great to get a little more of a feel about the 'you' behind the consultancy profile - for example, could you say a bit more about how you got into ABCD?

Best for now
Nick
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Welcome! FierySpirits is for activists and professionals who are building vibrant, resilient rural communities. Tell us a little about why you'd like to join?
I wish to network with like minded professionals, share with them a community of practice and benefit from a space to think deeply about my practice.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
Cormac Russell is a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. He is also an associate faculty member of the National College of Ireland where he serves on the Board of Studies which developed Ireland’s first Degree Program in Active Citizenship for Social Change. He is a qualified civil and commercial mediator accredited by Friarylaw and the ADR Group, a Communications Therapist and Clinical Psychotherapist.
Cormac is the Managing Director of Nurture Development which has offices in Dublin, Ireland and Nurture Development Africa (2008), with offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Nurture Development was established in Ireland in 1996 to provide training, research, community building, facilitation and conflict mitigation services across Europe to the public, private and community sectors. Over the last decade, Nurture Development has worked with state agencies, local governments, community groups, businesses, NGOs, and other agencies to develop workable and cost effective solutions to some of the most pressing social and economic challenges of our time.
Cormac has worked as a consultant with a number of major physical and social regeneration projects including the Dublin Docklands Development Agency, Ballymun Regeneration Limited, St. Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board, and Cherry Orchard Regeneration Board. He is currently working in partnership with the University of Limerick on an asset-based community empowerment initiative focused on the largest regeneration project Europe has ever seen.
He has also led a range of asset-based initiatives focused on youth, senior citizens and community safety. Having supported Dublin City Council to develop a strategic asset-based approach to community development and neighbourhood revitalisation, he continues to act as an advisor to Dublin City local government on the development of its asset based community development city-wide strategy.
Cormac has also worked with Carnegie Trust UK, the International Association for Community Development, Development Trusts Association, Novas Scarman Trust, Community Development Exchange in the UK and Landelijk Samenwerkingsverband Aandachtswijken from the Netherlands to support European trans-national collaboration in promoting asset-based community development.
His work in East Africa has involved working with ACTED, VSF Belgium, VSF Germany, Oxfam, and Practical Action in the development of an asset-based approach to drought management in Pokot and Turkana in rural Kenya. He has also delivered ABCD workshops to over 50 NGOs working in East Africa.
The primary focus of his work continues to be on transforming countries, cities and their neighbourhoods by supporting the development of new ideas and strategies which are not needs based or funding-led, but instead use assets more effectively, promote citizen led initiatives, and build real partnership between state, agencies and citizens.
Website:
http://www.nurturedevelopment.ie

Cormac Russell's Blog

A mindful approach to thinking about Assets, and ABCD

I’ve noticed a lot a great on-line unpacking going on regarding assets and what they are and what they are not at the recent NEF workshop. Here’s my two cents worth…I made it short and sweet..,..as I recognise that time is an asset we have less and less security of access to…



Bill Mollison usefully reminds use that assets can be thought of through the lens of two basic questions:



"What can I get from this land, or person? or

What does this person, or land, have to… Continue

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 8:56 — 1 Comment

Obama on Community Organising

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 20:30

McKnight speaks about Barack Obama his student

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 20:30

ABCD is not about denying needs!

On Needs!



Some, on first reading, assume that ABCD is suggesting we ignore needs and focus only on assets. That is a fundamental misunderstanding! Such a surface understanding of ABCD can lead to unfair criticism of the approach, as well as creating unnecessary fears among those who are genuinely endeavouring to address very pressing needs and doing valuable development work in the process. So, far too often ABCD can seem to offend this important work and those who undertake it. This… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

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