Growing-up in rural Ireland has defined me in more ways than I can consciously articulate. The word that sums up the experience is 'sufficiency'.
My family friends and I mostly occupied the world of 'enough', my parents had an internal ration book; they shopped for necessities; holidayed in Caravans by the West Coast of Ireland; and ate out a handful of times throughout my childhood. My first trip to the cinema was in 1979 when '…Continue
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I hope you are enjoying my poetry - my work is about finding exceptional fathers who have managed to address problems and teach it father to father. Here is what one grandfather has learnt:
A father's biggest regret
My father was strong
He taught me to be a man
I knew he loved…
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A father's challenge
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Nursing Fathers in the Last Chance Cafe
This time, I have no medicine
Just ears to hear their…
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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…Continue
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In the first two…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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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“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 Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. In modern…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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)
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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