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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.


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.


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.
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?

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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.

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.., 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

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Obama on Community Organising

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McKnight speaks about Barack Obama his student

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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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