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Debi Fry, International Association for Community Development (IACD)

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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 work at the International Association for Community Development--a dynamic global network coordinated from the small town of Falkland, Scotland :-) Check out at I would like to join this group because I think dialogue and exchange and 'connecting' with people outside our own circles is so beneficial to addressing issues and making the world a smaller place!
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I am the Development Manager for the International Association for Community Development (IACD). Before joining IACD, I worked as the Research Director at the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. I am passionate about action research and community development and look forward to being a part of this COP.

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Call for Presentation Abstracts to IACD 2010 Conference

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) and the Community Development Society (CDS) are co-hosting a conference on “The Role of Community in Economic and Disaster Recovery” in New Orleans on July 25-28, 2010. This conference will offer an excellent opportunity for community development practitioners and scholars to meet and discuss successful ways to promote all facets of community development. We invite participation on all aspects of community development, including… Continue

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 16:46

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At 9:05 on May 19, 2010, mark woodhead said…
Hi Deb,
Thanks for your comment. I'll consider what you say about starting a discussion thread on ABCD and co-production.

An event was held recently in Leeds - which unfortunately I was not able to attend - on community development, co-production and health - this event was run by the Yorks and Humber CD Network. Dave Evans, the conference organiser, is, I understand, currently writing up the conference report. When that report appears I'll try to remember to mention it on Fiery Spirits.

Best wishes,

At 23:36 on January 10, 2010, Marita Tomlinson said…
Hi Deb,
No we haven't met yet though I am sure at some stage our paths will cross.
At 14:19 on January 7, 2010, Hazel Stuteley said…
Hi Deb,
Working up to joining ABCD debate....I.m always daunted by whats already been written by folks like Cormac ( big hero of mine) but I.ll have a bash. Only back from Bali 4 days ago....adjusting to cold and ice is tough after 32 deg wall to wall sunshine. Theres currently a 'blizzard on the Lizard'.!
At 19:50 on January 5, 2010, Sally MacKinnon said…
Hi Debi, hey thanks for connecting. How lovely to know you were at the Brisbane conference last June - what a stimulating event that was - go the IACD! Since then, my colleague Nick McGuire from Logan City Council and I have been developing a proposal and discussing possibilities with BALLE (Michael Shuman's Business Alliance for Local Living Economy) about developing a BALLE hub in south east Queensland here in Australia. We're determined to get it off the ground in 2010 one way or another! I notice one of your areas of interest is rural resilience - it's of real interest to me too as I live in a small rural community in a rural shire. Be good to talk with you more about such things. Very best wishes for 2010, Sally
At 15:47 on December 10, 2009, Ninian Stuart said…
Hi Debi
I think we'll need to make it the new year now. Hope that you and David are finding enough warmth and light on this dark side of the hill at this time - or maybe finding it over at St Andrews. Maybe see you about toun.
At 17:41 on August 6, 2009, Jennifer Aird said…
Hi Debi
How are things? Anything happen to that case study publication I contributed to a while back? Cheers
At 12:32 on May 27, 2009, John said…
Great - by then we should have a final report and a handbook for you to look at too!
At 10:45 on May 27, 2009, John said…
Debi, hi. I've just realised I promised I'd send you on some background info. about the COTE project when we spoke a month or so ago. Apologies for my forgetfulness. You can retrieve the Floors Castle report from this site. I don't kow if you have access to the Carnegie Internal Communications Hub but if you do, there are two project reports posted up there. At the moment that's the best way for you to access them as otherwise I'll have to trek through to Galashiels to recover my old hard drive! Again, apologies for the delay.
At 18:01 on May 8, 2009, Paul Allen said…
many thanks, we will follow this up. You can now view the event programme at

Just let me know if you have any other contacts or ideas...

Many thanks
At 11:59 on May 7, 2009, Paul Allen said…
Many thanks Debi,

the website is about to be launched, and the event is the 25th 26th June in the Baird auditorium of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum - if you can send me any contacts, I will be happy to send them invitations ASAP

Many thanks,


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