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A discussion of some of the considerations in building a model of Asset-based Rural Community Development

A discussion of some of the considerations in building a model of Asset-based Rural Community Development

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    • Developing sustainable management of community assets
      • an on-going process
      • Case Studies
        • learning from people on the ground .
    • Case studies
      • What are we looking for?
      • Where will we look?
      • What will we do with what we find?
    • Features and Advantages
      • Diversity
        • Works across a range of communities
        • Involves more actors
      • Effectiveness
        • Harnesses more resources
        • Generates more ‘buy-in’
        • Goes beyond ‘grant-dependency’
      • Innovation
        • Creates opportunity out of challenge
    • Benefits
      • Sustainability
      • Growth in local pride, empowerment
      • Growth in local economy
      • More ‘players’ gives greater outputs
      • Copes with many different situations
    • Study design
      • Need a null hypothesis
        • To know when it might not work….
      • Need to look across Scales
        • micro, meso and macro scales
    • Study design
      • We look for
        • patterns across scales
        • Coherance and divergence
        • Incorporating earlier development models and initiatives
        • Action – new outputs, new outcomes
        • Success and Failure
    • Progress so far:
      • Cairngorm & Aviemore Destination Management Organisation
        • Large private-sector organisation with need for vital, proud community for ultimate success
      • Communities at the Edge
        • Borders Partnership
        • Multi-local authority partnership with public sector presence
    • Other projects
      • Highland Perthshire Initiative (HPI)
        • Small community-led, lifelong learning intitative
        • Content for PPI Breadalbane Community Campus
      • Bjelasnica Ecological and Cultural Centre
        • Upland Bosnian indigenous nomadic community
        • Small and under threat
        • Gathering community assets for both eco-tourism opportunities and for teaching to young people.
    • So far then, we have:
      • Current examples
        • A large private consortium undertaking Asset-based approaches to community development
        • A large multi-authority community planning partnership
        • A medium sized experienced community enterprise
        • A small local scale community assets and lifelong learning project
    • Other possibilities:
      • Community material asset ownership
        • Of estates
        • Of community woodlands
        • Community enterprises such as shops, garages, ferries or pubs
    • Other possibilities:
      • Community ownership of intangible assets
        • Place-marking goods and services
          • Food, crafted goods, health services
        • Learning and education
          • Formal and informal sector
          • Specialist knowledges and wider dissemination
        • Networks and ways of working
          • New supplier chains from local economy
          • Self-provision of needed local services
    • Interim findings:
      • Great enthusiasm within community and policy circles
      • Whether local identity is under threat from urbanisation, or through collapsing rural economy, local assets are one key tool to re-invigorate local culture and pride
      • ABRCD is a way of successfully bridging community policy and economic circles
    • Interim findings:
      • Communities have many more assets than they generally realize
      • When communities ‘develop’ them, these assets also become a resource for individual entrepreneurship
      • Assets often span generations and community asset approaches often integrates generations otherwise drifting apart
    • Interim findings:
      • Two fields of community economic development empowered by ABRCD:
        • Individuals
          • Using assets to build their own businesses
          • Using assets to enhance their own businesses, making them more sustainable
        • Social Enterprises
          • Material assets such as buildings provide spaces for social enterprises
          • They also often are the nucleus around which local delivery of local services can be structured
    • Provisos:
      • Success is dependent upon:
        • How ‘community’ is defined
        • How ‘assets’ are defined
        • Communities taking responsibility for their development
        • Authorities trusting communities to take the responsibility.
    • ABRCD - A Work In Progress
      • Ongoing Carnegie RARP three-year programme
      • We are still learning from the experts – communities, policy makers and academics.