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A life of my own choosing,


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NE ADASS Learning set, January 16 2012.

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A life of my own choosing,

  1. 1. A life of my own choosing Ageing Well through the lens of Asset Based Community Development Cormac Russell, ABCD Institute
  2. 2. ABCD in a nutshell
  3. 3. About the ABCD Institute <ul><li>Est. 1995, </li></ul><ul><li>Northwestern </li></ul><ul><li>University, Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Presence on every continent throughout the world. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tell us a story….. <ul><li>‘ Can you tell us a story about a time when </li></ul><ul><li>you and your neighbours came together to </li></ul><ul><li>make things better?’ </li></ul>
  5. 5. people focused their attention on…. <ul><li>What can be done instead of what can’t be done </li></ul>What might be possible if rather than problems more than weaknesses
  6. 6. <ul><li>In the real world there are both strengths and needs </li></ul>So where is most practice focused? Where is most policy focused?
  7. 7. Transition from village communities to the money economy
  8. 8. The Dilemma . . . Children and Families have deficiencies & needs Children and Families also have skills and talents On which should we focus most?
  9. 9. Fundamental Needs Security Autonomy Belonging Competence ? Emotional & Material Agency. Independence. Sense of efficacy in the world. Plus authenticity Community, Family & Friends, as giver & receiver Ability to sustain tasks of choosing, to contribute. Security Belonging Competence Autonomy Russell, C (2010)
  10. 11. Festival Day in Thornton Heath-Sept 18, 2011
  11. 12. And on the day people were invited to share their gifts….
  12. 13. This is Shirley with her neighbour...Shirley is a neighbourhood connector
  13. 14. Why have a meeting when you can have a party?
  14. 15. The connectors want to discover hidden treasure and build relationships….
  15. 16. They had already knocked on doors, and heard peoples stories like Mr and Mrs Ahmed…..
  16. 17. Paul Macey who is a wonderful Community Builder, and is facilitating the process on behalf of Croydon Voluntary Action and Croydon NHS sat with Peggy and heard her story….
  17. 18. And Peggy and Mr & Mrs Ahmed were connected
  18. 19. The connectors have experienced the power of connecting people…
  19. 20. And they have been mapping local associations too….
  20. 21. And seeing the huge potential for connecting these assets also….
  21. 22. And the older people will have plenty to teach the kids as well…
  22. 23. Bingo!!!!
  23. 24. Being intentional about the process of engagement, mapping: a) associations; b) capacity/contribution and then invitation
  24. 25. What gifts and talents would you like to share?
  25. 26. Wow! That many? What would happen if we had these conversations with everyone in Thornton Heath?
  26. 27. Young people are leaders of today, not tomorrow, we invite them in. The message on the day: Thornton Heath needs you, we can not do this without you…
  27. 28. And they stayed for the vision….
  28. 29. News flash: the streets of Thornton Heath were filled today with young people (and the young at heart) making fun…and Community
  29. 30. Even strangers are Twice as Likely to Assist as You Think Studies by Flynn & Lake (2010) of Columbia University show that people underestimate how likely others are to help by as much as 100%
  30. 31. ‘ You can’t know what you need, till you know what you have…’
  31. 32. The glass is half full…..
  32. 33. Social inclusion? Where it matters? Participation Friendship Intimacy Economic Exchange
  33. 34. Full circles indicate capacity to deal with life and are a powerful measure of health in our society.
  34. 35. Our Solutions are often not fit for purpose
  35. 36. Real change…
  36. 37. Person Centered Work The move is from services to clients to supports for citizens Community Centered Work Health
  37. 38. Doing work the old way
  38. 39. Processes with ownership
  39. 40. Before you reap the harvest…..
  40. 41. Strengths-based Community Development Methodology Discovering Strengths Organizing & Mapping Linking and Mobilizing Community Driven Initiatives Sustaining the Process
  41. 42. Contact <ul><li>Cormac Russell, </li></ul><ul><li>ABCD Institute & Nurture Development </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>