James Derounian
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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 have a personal and professional passion for rural community development, built up over almost 30 yeras.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
Tall, dark, handsome.......!

But seriously: rural community developer turned academic. Have worked for and RCC, was England's first Rural Development Programme Officer; secondeed to then Countryside Agency. And also worked for the NCVO Rural team.

Still personally & professionally involved in delivering training with & for rural developers; action research & consultancy.

James Derounian's Blog

JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' - what it has to say about localism & local councils

What a cracking read this is! No wizards, brromsticks etc......

But a dark, brooding, gritty account of contemporary rural life (in a small SW England market town).

Featuring drug addiction, rape, malicious gossip, class warfare, black v white, paedophilia.......to name but a few.

Rural idyll it…


Posted on October 2, 2012 at 9:51

Community Organisers National Partner Contract - UK Gov't Cabinet Office

Hallo colleagues,

Is anyone bidding for the Community Organisers National Partner contract from the UK Government's Cabinet Office…


Posted on November 9, 2010 at 17:54 — 1 Comment

Big Society = Big Opportunity or = Big Con?

Dear all,

You really do wonder how cuts to the UK Government's CLG [Dept of Communities & Local Gov't] budget – allegedly 25-40% already agreed – square with the whole (or should that be ‘hole’!?) Big…


Posted on September 27, 2010 at 17:13 — 4 Comments

‘Churches, Housing, Rural Communities’ Conference [Cumbria 13 Oct 2010 Penrith]

Dear all - I hope there will be a flood of delegates for ‘Churches, Housing, Rural Communities’ Conference [Cumbria 13 Oct 2010 Penrith]. This links to production & development of our web resource 'Faith in Affordable Housing' -…


Posted on July 22, 2010 at 13:04

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At 10:04 on December 11, 2008, Nick Wilding said…
Hi James

Many thanks for the christmas wishes... and link.... My sense is that this would be better as a blog post?

From the site guide (under 'about' above):
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Happy Christmas!
At 10:03 on December 11, 2008, Karen Grant said…
Hi James,
Thanks for your message.
I'm on North Uist - I just moved here in late August, so it's still pretty new.
All the best,
At 13:30 on November 26, 2008, Nick Wilding said…
Hi James

Welcome onto fieryspirits - its' great you can join us...

Do you have a portrait photo you could upload? It helps if folk can put a name to a face... follow settings top right...

At 20:32 on November 21, 2008, Kate Braithwaite said…
Welcome James
Are you the same James that I know? Well from the description...... I wondered!!!!!
Welcome - enjoy the site and look forward to some lively debates to come

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