ABCD Europe

Asset-based community development in action, all over Europe.

Cormac Russell
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  • Dublin
  • Ireland
  • Europe, mainly Ireland and UK
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New ABCD Europe website under development
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We are currently in the process of developing a new ABCD Europe website that will:Be modern & easy to useBe interactive & regularly updatedBe available on a variety of devices e.g. mobile…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorna Prescott Nov 1, 2013.

Introducing ABCD Europe Stewardship Group, our aspirations and new structure
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Asset-Based Community Development EuropeAbout UsABCD Europe is affiliated to the ABCD Institute at the Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1995 by Prof. John McKnight and Prof.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by SIMON RIPPON Jun 25, 2013.

The unexpected death of Ted Smeaton

Dear ABCD Europe members,It is with tremendous sadness that we say goodbye to our friend Ted Smeaton. Ted had a long and committed history of working with those on the margins, and was a serial…Continue

Started Aug 27, 2012


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ABCD Institute
Where are you based?
Europe, mainly Ireland and UK
What brings you to ABCD Europe?
I passionately believe that Community Building and releasing community assets should be our number 1 priority if we're serious about health, ageing well, safety and prosperity. And I'd love to chat with others who share my passion and have some stories to share about the power of community, and can help me deepen my practice.

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ABCD & Leadership: A leadership at the heart of community

The literature on Leadership seems as endless as it is conflicting. The best I can say in defence of ‘leadership’ as a concept is that when it is done well, things change; sometimes for the better, in large part because great leaders can convene conversations that lead the people who participate in them to actionable change. Co-creating a shared future that feels different but inclusive of the past. Put like this leadership is an innate capacity and everyone is called to it, leadership is not… Continue

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 8:33 — 2 Comments

ABCD and Mental Health: it takes a village to create and sustain mental health

A Strength-based Approach to Mental Health: It takes a village to co-create and sustain mental health

In last year's May edition of the New Internationalist, Dinyar Godrej’s article A healthy mind in a healthy society reminds us that good mental health is rooted in the community and is not the unilateral responsibility of the individual. In other words people with mental health challenges are not to blame, nor alone are the professional systems that endeavour to care for… Continue

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 8:30

Bedroom tax, direct action and community building. BLOG #2

ABCD conversation:

Laura (Mole) Chapman: A few weeks ago Cormac Russell and I were chatting about the response to the host team’s first blog. We both agreed it had been a positive exercise, and with enthusiasm, I suggested we kept it going for a number of reasons. Firstly, because I thought the experience had been so worthwhile in terms of finding a powerful yet peaceful voice. Secondly, because the feedback we received suggested that we had touched people and made them… Continue

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 19:50

Direct action; Negotiation or Community Vision Making?

A conversation between members of the Hosting groups at ABCD Europe:


Cormac R: I’m worried about where things are going in the UK, especially in terms of how people most marginalised are being treated. There are serious issues of social justice to be addressed here. I am also concerned…


Posted on April 5, 2013 at 17:31

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At 12:06 on March 2, 2013, Mario Sobczak said…

Hi Cormac

I've left a couple of messages on the ning over the last week (see forum and support group) regarding starting a new group), bur I've had no reply. How do I start a group?

Thanks and regards


At 12:43 on February 16, 2013, Mario Sobczak said…

Hi Cormac

I hope you are enjoying your fatherhood. The little ones must be keeping you busy.

Sorry I have been out of the loop. I've been busy ABCDing in our community. Kingston has become very proactive in this area and I have developed very strong links in the local authority, Public Health and Kingston University as well as across the community. Recently we played the ABCD game in Preston with the UKRF – brilliant tool. They are ordering a number of sets for us and we will be using them across our borough,

We are preparing to have a big launch with all of the above mentioned in the spring and I would love you to be there as a speaker and participant in the activities. We haven’t got a date yet as Kingston is going through a huge transformation, but that is why we need the event to avoid going down familiar routes.

I just wanted to flag this up so that you are aware of our intentions. If you are interested I will copy you into any important email traffic (I have your address).

Best wishes



At 10:44 on May 4, 2011, Andy Lloyd said…

Hi Cormack,

I've been employed to help communities set up their own development trusts which seems to have struck a real chord here in Cumbria. You can see a table of communities and activities at plus a description of what I do - funding advice, initial legal advice, business plans - and links to the CLT movement, case studies etc


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