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Sustainable community development: from what's wrong to what's strong | Cormac Russell | TEDxExeter

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How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what's wrong within a community Cormac argues 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. -- At TEDxExeter 2016 our speakers encapsulated the idea of movement, that grappling with humanity’s toughest questions requires first a vision, a dream, and then action. Video Production Chromatrope (http://chromatrope.co.uk/) Production Manager Andy Robertson (http://www.youtube.com/familygamertv) Cormac Russell is Managing Director of Nurture Development, the leading Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) organisation in Europe, and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Illinois. He works with local communities, NGOs and governments on asset-based community development and other strengths-based approaches, in four continents. Cormac served on the UK Government’s Expert Reference Group on Community Organising and Communities First during its term in 2011-12. His book “Asset Based Community Development (ABCD): Looking Back to Look Forward” was published in 2015. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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yvonne blake (4 days ago)
What is the name of the Harvard accademic?
Franklin Falco (18 days ago)
Government has a small role to play in social change. Of course experts can't solve our problems for us but a smart government knows what it can and can't do.
Evette Ybarra (2 months ago)
This touched me it is pure
Raymond AUGUST (5 months ago)
Edy
Klaus-Peter Wenz (6 months ago)
Cormac, I have searched for Rosabeth Moss-Kanters quote to quote it myself. But whenever I search for her I can only find you quoting her. When and where did she say "When we do change to people they experience as violence; when people do change for themselves they experience it as liberation" ?? kind regards, peter
yvonne blake (4 days ago)
I'm trying to find her too !!
Alitéia C Santos (6 months ago)
OMG such wonderful presentation. For sure a gift to the society. It changes everything. Including the way I work. Amazing. Thank you very much.
Marsha Jennings (7 months ago)
GTFOH! MAGA‼️
Sweet Dikissia (8 months ago)
perfect speech, and I want to exchange with you. please could you give the chance to be in touch with you
Josh Austin (10 months ago)
My thought. On all the community talks is: As long as your community is made up of members afraid of the rest of the animals, you have to accept "feaux" community ...
Thanks for delivering speech on sustainable community development Mr.Russell.
Deon B. West (11 months ago)
Hands down my one of my favorite TEDx Talks
Brianna Cooper (1 year ago)
utterly fabulous.
Scott Byrne (1 year ago)
insightful. An excellent reference for my recent assignment on community strength
Fashnalight Ismaily (1 year ago)
nice
Hilda Yarker (1 year ago)
Excellent TED talk by the brilliant Cormac Russell posted in 2016, I may be late to the party but worth the journey.
munaf patni (1 year ago)
why is his shadow lagging?
Cathrine Sharp (1 year ago)
Thank you. You summed up in a short time everything I have been learning and hearing while doing a Post Grad Cert in CD. I live in Queensland, Australia and would be interested in when you will be coming to Australia and where the hubs would be set up. Well done and thanks.
Fantastic analysis. I have long thought that communities should have a shared vision that starts with basic needs. It's so easy for modern culture to make us feel alien to everything around us. This video was great in proving the importance of the attention to those things in which we can't necessarily put a dollar value on. Bravo
Julie Ann Racino (1 year ago)
Our community groups in the disability fields include Judith Snow from Canada who recently passed (first into the community from the rehabilitation facility approach), John O'Brien and Connie Lyle O'Brien and our community psychologists, "misleading as above" our CEO classes in the community on friendships with children (as opposed to the actual public plan being reviewed as "required by law")...leaders such as Jeff Strully of Kentucky (Seven Counties) and California.  Julie Ann Racino August 2017
Julie Ann Racino (1 year ago)
We have new state departments that opened, and the focus by title of the departments are to community and personal problems (e.g., substance abuse)...These departments are asked to have hearings about their departments, their services, their roles with the public, and why it is that our taxpayer funds are being invested in that way (i.e., opiod crisis, of prescription medications) as opposed to such basic needs as maintenance or replacement of World War II infrastructure in fields such as transportation (e.g., bridges highways, high speed rail, subway and tramsystems).  I refer professionals today to places such as Policy Link and metropolitan development areas to assure that the needs of the "disenfranchised" (that is to be no one today in the US) can be taken into account. Julie Ann Racino, August 2017
James Cox (1 year ago)
An amazing presentation of simple truths, lost to many through only following political discourse. Hope to engage in useful community activity and development in a Connemara village when I return to my ancestors heartland. Thank you for such thoughtful insights.
yet again love it!
Krista Jeffries (1 year ago)
Everything about this makes me excited to be alive and get involved. Well done.
Kenneth Owino (1 year ago)
This is good. I teach Diploma students (Community Development) and i think this will be beneficial to them.
Triza Wawuda (5 months ago)
Kenneth Owino hae am also called for this particular course in technical university of Mombasa but am so nervous my worry comes when it comes to finding of a job can u help or something plz
Naturally High (1 year ago)
Looking for a video that summarizes Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Approach! Here you go! I totally love this presentation, totally mind blowing
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Many thanks for your kind words;) BW Cormac
Peter D (1 year ago)
Great stuff and although you've been in Gt Britain recently the message doesn't seem to be getting to the South. Cambridge and East Anglia for existence. As you know community development theory and practice in this country, perhaps not Scotland, is largely ignored these days. Especially when oldies like myself, and others, are still, around.
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Tks Peter, there certainly is lots more to be done. C
Judith Kamber (1 year ago)
Wonderful talk. For years I've based my consulting on the fabulous work of Peter Block, Appreciative Inquiry and Strengths based organizations. Cormac nails it.
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Many thanks Judith, so pleased to hear it resonated for you. Warm wishes, Cormac
Tommy Holistic (1 year ago)
Hi Cormac, this video is so great. Thank you for these words. I am currently privileged to be living on an eco farm in Ibiza, studying an apprenticeship in Community Development. I played this talk earlier and then again to my fellow students. Really inspiring to us all. "There is no them and us, there's only us ... We are the people we've been waiting for," raised hairs on the back of our necks! Thanks again, and I look forward to finding out more about Asset-Based Community Development after watching this video :-)
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Many thanks Tommy, be great to learn more about your eco village, could you email me some links: [email protected]? Please thank the other members of your community who took time to watch and reflect, I am humbled. Best wishes, Cormac
John Mangan (1 year ago)
Cormac, a really telling presentation. I am doing a Diploma course on Community Developement and you have just knocked my thinking sideways. I am an elder statesman now and how I wish I had discovered this path earlier in life. Thank you is not good enough.
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Hi John, thanks for reaching out. Delighted that this approach resonated for you. Very best of luck with your studies and in promoting the idea that inside out change is the most sustainable. Best wishes, Cormac
Mo Haroun (1 year ago)
@Cormac Russell... I really hope many get to see this. It has inspired me to develop a video around the conversation of 'changing a country, starting with individuals bringing forth their talents...you just broadened my view...and magnified tenfold the infinite potential in my community...thank you
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Many thanks Mo, it's so great to hear that the message is affirming to your efforts. Very warm wishes, Cormac
Ebenaezer Appies (1 year ago)
What a gem of a presentation! I'm busy with a community development research proposal in South Africa and your words gave me a total new perspective on my project and what 'helping' communities should entail.
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Ebenaezer Many thanks for your kind words. I am delight to hear my talk resonated for you. Warm wishes, Cormac
David Salcedo (1 year ago)
Ebenaezer Appies i agree with you..
Syed Harir Shah (1 year ago)
fantastic presentation, a reality of my own experience, working over 30 years. Development brought infrastructure, but lost the happiness, prosperity and values.
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Many thanks Syed;) BW Cormac
Anita Yadav (1 year ago)
Touched.... I am working on women  empowerment  by  applying concept of self help and asset based development and I agreed on the opinion given  by Cormac   We feel more empower always because we believe on abundant power ,  potential and ability of community and women . If we just invest in building what the community have , then we can see better, sustainable and  self reliant community
Dusty Stahn (1 year ago)
Why not work with men and children too? Aren't the part of the community?
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Many thanks Anita, so pleased that this resonated for you. Warm wishes, Cormac
Anita Yadav (1 year ago)
as future , Thanks Cormac
Puteri Maizurah (1 year ago)
*raise hand too
Dave Conroy (2 years ago)
Finally got around to listening to this immaculate presentation. Superb on every level.
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Thanks Dave, I''m truly humbled by your kind words, thank you! Best wishes, Cormac
first last (2 years ago)
absolutely brillient.i m working on topic ;stimulate development in less developed regions.this gave me a lot of insights.bundle of thanks.greeting from pakistan
first last (1 year ago)
Cormac Russell my pleasure
Cormac Russell (1 year ago)
Many thanks Adnan, best wishes from Ireland, Cormac
Helen Bailey (2 years ago)
So loved this... Oh how we could change the world if only more people thought like this... yearning to learn more on how to engage in this at grass roots level... Thank you :)
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Many thanks for your kind words Helen. I agree with you an Asset Based Community Development perspective offers us so many possibilities that an deficit approach simply cannot. BW Cormac
Judy Abramson (2 years ago)
truly inspirational, i love the picture painted by these words
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for your kind words, I am so pleased that my talk has resonated for you and affirmed your community building efforts. Best wishes, Cormac
This is certainly one of the main reasons why Men's Sheds are gaining such a grass roots following. Thanks for bringing it into the main stream focus.
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Thank you! I'm a great fan of the Men's shed movement and an chuffed you enjoyed this. All the best Cormac
Lesley Porter (2 years ago)
This is so right! Thank you for the talk...
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Many thanks Lesley. Really pleased it resonated for you! BW Cormac
John Zeigler (2 years ago)
Thanks Cormac for speaking truth to POWER
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Many thanks John, BW Cormac
Trudy Grable (2 years ago)
Excellent! When are you coming to the US? California, more specifically.
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Travelling to Chicago w/c November 20. C
Brian Pember (2 years ago)
Make sure you get to the Illawarra when you come to Australia.
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Thanks Brian, in Oz again throughout August, love to hear more about your community. BW Cormac
Michael Steinbruck (2 years ago)
Really well done. Thanks for this.
Cormac Russell (2 years ago)
Many thanks for your kind comment Michael. BW Cormac

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