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Gomorron Sessions - Asset Based Community Development

In this Masterclass TEDx speaker Cormac Russell will demystify and explain the philosophies behind the method Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). The method is being used as a way to strengthen communities based on grassroot capacity (assets and strengths) but also to look at the balance between what governments do best and what is better done by communities with the support of governments.

This training has been designed to bring together the ABCD Institute’s 30 years of community development research in the USA, with Nurture Development’s 21 years of international research and practical experience of community development and pioneering approaches in other strength based work across the world.


Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago.

Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.

His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.

In January 2011 Cormac was appointed to the Expert Reference Group on Community Organising and Communities First, by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society in the UK which he served on for the term of the Group.


This master class will:

●  Give you an understanding of the history of ABCD, relating it to your experience of community development.

●  Explain the 5 guiding principles of ABCD in both theory and practice.

●  Identify the 6 building blocks or assets of community building, exploring how these can be identified, connected and mobilised in the neighbourhood context.

●  Share the 8 touch stones of community building, offering stories and examples of their application.

●  Identify the ABCD Tools for Change: e.g. Learning Conversations & Asset Mapping.

●  Involve you in activities and exercises that you can then use in practice where you live and/or work.

●  Use stories and case studies of ABCD in action from our Learning Sites, in the UK and around the world, to highlight effective practice.


Date: 6 - 7 of december
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Location: Gomorron Östersund
Price: 2 500 SEK per person
Max number of participants: 25