Cormac's post covered most of the bases for me and we all can do our work to make it happen in our communities and the communities in which we work.
Meanwhile, the fear and deficit mindsets of our outdated, but still powerful, institutions, sometimes struggle to let go. It's not as if we depend on them supporting to start, just getting out of the way would help!
Amusingly, in County Durham, the public health folks are onto ABCD and have started a process of trying to understand it through seminars and self appointed in-house experts.
The concepts of "the medium is the message" and "learn by doing" are not well understood or practiced!
Anyway, at grassroots level we reckon Asset Based Community Development is what we have called community development for a long time. It's a bit like "social" enterprise and "fair trade - once we shift the power we can drop the adjectives (btw, grammar not my strong point, so do feel free to insert a better word).
We are also well aware about prophets in their own land and look forward to our ABCD stars coming to Durham. How's your diary for next year, Cormac (and Hazel, Jim and the rest of you....) ?!
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