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Allopathy, recovery and rehabilitation

As a historian cum anthropologist cum criminologist, it will come as little surprise that I am drawn to historical perspectives of the development of behaviours, cultures, norms, attitudes, practices and policies as much as I am to the behaviour, culture, norm, attitude, practice or policy, itself. The journey to the endpoint is almost always a fascinating combination of factors that are wholly revealing about why we – as a society - are in the predicament we are, especially when we…

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Added by Nurture Development on April 3, 2014 at 11:40 — No Comments

Power from the people. Power to the people.

This is the third and final blog within the short series: Connectors, Conductors and Circuit breakers. You can read the first instalment here and the second, here.

In the first two…

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Added by Nurture Development on March 24, 2014 at 11:40 — No Comments

Does social change always need a great leader or innovator?

This is the second in the three part series of blogs: Connectors, Conductors and Circuit breakers. You can read the first instalment here.

All too often we assume social change just needs the right leader or innovator, and that somehow, that alone, will determine whether…

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Added by Nurture Development on March 14, 2014 at 13:43 — No Comments

ABCD: Connectors, Conductors and Circuit Breakers

This is the first of 3 blogs in which Cormac will be exploring issues of citizenship, power and democracy and what these mean to asset based community development.

Recently an ABCD Community Builder in Gloucestershire commented that in the neighbourhoods where he works there are three kinds of…

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Added by Nurture Development on March 6, 2014 at 14:25 — No Comments

The Canary in the Coalmine: personalisation, deinstitutionalisation & communitalisation

The following is a piece of imaginative writing, with no recourse to the historical facts. But I would ask the reader not to let the absence of fact get in the way of the story, because ‘non-fact’ should not be confused with fiction, this is no more or less than a story…in that regard it is both really real, and truly true.

Recently the Canary Times reported on the hidden dangers of ‘independent living’ for once institutionalised…

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Added by Nurture Development on February 26, 2014 at 16:07 — No Comments

Bridging the Social Divides

Here is an article from Nursing Times describing my asset-based approach to nursing

Added by Heather Henry on February 18, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Are we all addicted?

You’ve probably heard people state that addiction is blind to status, fortune, and situation. It’s often said when talking about drug or alcohol addiction and you’ll be directed to the sad deaths of the rich and famous to make the point all the more resonant, offering a stark alternative to the stereotypical image of the gaunt, penniless, criminal heroin addict so often…

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Added by Nurture Development on February 12, 2014 at 9:35 — No Comments

Sitges Weekend

It was a huge honour to be asked to join the 26+ ABCD enthusiasts in Sitges (Spain) this weekend. A huge and heartfelt 'thank you' to Martin Simon and Cormac Russell for bringing us together with shared purpose in one place. Thank you to our hosts, inc Elvira and Fernando, who lavished us with such abundant hospitality - turning meeting into party! As the tweet announced: "all very low brow from here till Sunday Mole: wine, friendship, community & t hope of many laughs...rumours of…

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Added by Mole Chapman on February 5, 2014 at 17:06 — No Comments

ABCD Talent Quest

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

It might seem strange to start a talent quest with Aristotle. But read on and you’ll see that in fact there are few better places to start.

Aristotle, in describing people of influence, identified those who have just the right mix of EthosPathos, and Logos. In modern…

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Added by Nurture Development on January 29, 2014 at 8:45 — No Comments

The Hokey Cokey theory of community involvement

Written originally for my regular blog for the NHS Alliance

In relation to working with communities, NHS organisations regularly put their left leg in – out – and shake it all about. How many of us have seem HAZ, SRB and the like come and go? Have we ourselves been guilty of building a close relationship only to get a new job, new project and move on? This is extremely damaging to residents’ relationships…

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Added by Heather Henry on January 23, 2014 at 13:55 — No Comments

Around the UK in 14 days

Perhaps not as intrepid nor far-reaching as the inspirational venture behind the title of my blog (Around the World in 80 Days), next week sees the start of an adventure that is no less exciting. You may have an inkling about this if you've been following our Twitter feed lately… we may have been a little preoccupied with it!

Yes, next week we are delighted to welcome Jim Diers…

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Added by Nurture Development on October 30, 2013 at 14:55 — No Comments

Discovering Happiness in the cold mist of winter

Happiness is a fundamental emotion and feeling that humans thrive off. Sometimes life throws curve balls, our way, and meet new challenges. 

We would like to welcome you to our winter wonderland warmer

A series of workshops that are focused on personal strengths, happiness, well- being and resilience" the bounce back factor)

Our…

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Added by Marie Tolman on October 29, 2013 at 18:50 — No Comments

The Need for Leadership in Building Community Resilience. Lessons from 'Shane'

Originally posted on the Nurture Development blog & written by Les Billingham, Head of Adult Services at Thurrock Council. Thurrock is one of Nurture Development's Learning…

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Added by Nurture Development on October 25, 2013 at 9:40 — No Comments

Five keys to broad and inclusive community engagement

Written by Jim Diers, Associate of Nurture Development, Faculty Member for the ABCD Institute and author of 'Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way', and originally posted to the Nurture Development…

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Added by Nurture Development on October 24, 2013 at 9:50 — No Comments

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 them. The…

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Added by Nurture Development on October 14, 2013 at 9:57 — No Comments

When Humpty Dumpty jumps off the wall

This blog post was written by Cormac Russell, Managing Director of Nurture Development. To view the original post, visit our dedicated…

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Added by Nurture Development on October 8, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Felling the forest

This past weekend, I watched the film ‘Get Low’ – it was recommended to me by Cormac following a conversation about Community Builders (can you spot who the Community Builder is in the film?). It is a film filled with wonderful acknowledgements of the gifts we possess and find naturally around us. In many ways, it speaks to some of the core values…

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Added by Nurture Development on October 1, 2013 at 17:54 — No Comments

Guiding participation and inclusion

We welcome yesterday’s launch of NHS England’s Guidance for Participation and Inclusion which begins to lay a foundation for transformational change.

The central challenge for participation and inclusion more generally is how can we promote citizen-led innovation that stays local, but over time proliferates?…

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Added by Nurture Development on September 27, 2013 at 12:45 — No Comments

Autumn ahead - progress in Balham

 Hello friends and colleagues in ABCD Europe - sorry for a delay in posting here, it has been ahectic summer! 

Anyway, thought I would post the invitation that the Neighbourhood Network (the name the group of connectors in Balham have given themselves) as this provides a pretty neat 'progress report' - it is a really…

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Added by Marc Mordey on September 23, 2013 at 11:23 — No Comments

My Extraordinary Job

Recently over coffee, a mental health professional from one of the communities I am mentoring said: “I so wish I could do community building all the time, but I can’t because my ordinary job gets in the way.” She went on to say “You know I call community building my ‘extraordinary job’.”

In other words, she was saying ‘where I work, building reciprocal relationship with and between people is considered extra-ordinary’.

Read the rest of today's blog on our …

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Added by Nurture Development on September 19, 2013 at 14:54 — No Comments

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