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Cormac russell forever manchester

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Presentation delivered at Forever Manchester convening. June 10th 2011.

Asset Based Community Development Workshop

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Cormac russell forever manchester

  1. 1. You can’t know what a community needs, until they first know what they have. C ormac Russell Forever Manchester, Community Foundation
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. <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?
  4. 4. The Dilemma . . . Children and Families have deficiencies & needs Children and Families also have skills and talents On which should we focus most?
  5. 5. The 5 Ds Process of Strength Based Community Building D1- DISCOVER D2 - DREAM D3-DESIGN D1- We have done it before. D2 – We have a vision for our future. D3 – We agree on what could be done. D4 – We have a list of our resources to draw from. D5 – action plan & start implementing it. D5 – DELIVER/DO IT D4 -DEFINE
  6. 6. Transition from village communities to the money economy
  7. 7. <ul><li>Some see fluff . </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Care & Mutuality </li></ul><ul><li>Local economic develop </li></ul><ul><li>Community safety </li></ul><ul><li>Care for the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible response to local crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Safe and sustainable food production </li></ul><ul><li>Co-production and localism </li></ul><ul><li>Social justice </li></ul>Others see gold. (Core Economy)
  9. 11. Doing work the old way
  10. 12. SBA: processes with ownership
  11. 13. No matter how rich you are you have needs No matter how poor you are you have gifts
  12. 14. Stop pitting Assets against Needs <ul><li>Needs analysis, needs analysis </li></ul><ul><li>But we cannot ignore needs </li></ul>
  13. 15. 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)
  14. 16. In a Welfare State…… What’s the fare for being well?
  15. 17. ‘ You can’t know what you need, till you know what you have…’
  16. 18. Hope for change…
  17. 20. 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%
  18. 21. <ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Building </li></ul>
  19. 23. Real change…
  20. 24. Our Solutions are often not fit for purpose
  21. 25. Addressing systems culture…..
  22. 26. BMaking a Community of Place Trust People Place Associations Institutions Economic Exchange
  23. 27. Before you reap the harvest…..
  24. 28. Appreciative Inquiry-How have we engaged in the past? Start: D1- DISCOVER D2 - DREAM D3-DESIGN D1- We have done it before. D2 – We have a vision for our future. D3 – We agree on what could be done. D4 – We have a list of our resources to draw from. D5 – action plan & start implementing it. D5 – DELIVER/DO IT D4 -DEFINE
  25. 29. Communities & Neighbourhoods Service Gateshead Council
  26. 30. Gateshead Newcastle Town centre Team Valley Bensham & Saltwell
  27. 33. Untapped potential……
  28. 34. Bensham & Saltwell
  29. 35. St. Chad’s Gardening Club “ Friday afternoons with a difference”
  30. 36. … we learn to make friends, cross social barriers” “ We build up self-esteem and confidence, work as a team, lessen the feelings of isolation, increase feelings of well-being and community….
  31. 39. Consequences of the Power of the “Needs Map” <ul><li>Internalizations of the “deficiencies” identified by local residents </li></ul><ul><li>Destruction of social capital </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement of narrow categorical funding flows </li></ul><ul><li>Direction of funds toward professional helpers, not residents </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on “leaders” who magnify deficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarded failure, produced dependency </li></ul><ul><li>Created hopelessness </li></ul>
  32. 41. Person Centered Work The move is from services to clients to supports for citizens Community Centered Work Inclusion
  33. 46. Community Asset Map-Ballinacurra Weston Individuals Gifts, Skills, Capacities, Knowledge and Traits of Youth Older Adults Artists People with Disabilities Students Parents Entrepreneurs Activists Institutions Schools Universities Community Colleges Police Departments Hospitals Libraries Social Service Agencies Non Profits Museums Fire Departments Foundations Physical Space Gardens Parks Playgrounds Parking Lots Walking Paths Forests/Forest Preserves Picnic Areas Campsites Fishing Spots Stories Of background and personal history Of what you like to do and contribute Of existing and ongoing skills and capacities Of successful community development Of economic growth Of addressing discrimination Of including those who are marginalized Of recognizing the value of everyone Of a time when you or your group felt appreciated and valued Of a time the community was at its best Local Economy For-Profit Businesses Consumer Expenditures Merchants Chamber of Commerce Business Associations Banks Foundations Institutional-Purchasing Power and Personnel Micro enterprises Local Coops Corporations and Branches Animal Care Groups Anti Crime Groups Residents Assoc Business Organizations Charitable Groups Civic Events Groups Cultural Groups Education Groups Elderly Groups Environmental Groups Family Support Groups Health Advocacy and Fitness Groups Heritage Groups Hobby and Collectors Groups Men’s Groups Mentoring Groups Mutual Support Groups Neighborhood Improvement Groups Political Organizations Recreation Groups Religious Groups Service Clubs Social Groups Union Groups Women’s Groups Youth Groups Associations My Community Our Community
  34. 49. 1. What can you do with people power? Once There is a NEIGHBOURHOOD VISION…ask
  35. 50. 2. What can you do with help from outside agencies? What would that help look like?
  36. 51. 3. What do you need outside agencies to do unilaterally?
  37. 52. The unsung hero! <ul><li>Connector – an individual that is good at discovering what people care about and where their assets can be used. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gift centered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well connected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trusted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believe they are welcome </li></ul></ul>
  38. 53. Social inclusion? Where it matters? Participation Friendship Intimacy Economic Exchange
  39. 54. Full circles indicate capacity to deal with life and are a powerful measure of health in our society.
  40. 57. Spot the difference?
  41. 58. My Vision <ul><li>Kevin Russell </li></ul>
  42. 59. My Good Life <ul><li>Real friends </li></ul><ul><li>A relationship like Cormac has </li></ul><ul><li>A real job </li></ul><ul><li>Enough money to do the things I like </li></ul>
  43. 60. My Good Life begins at Home <ul><li>No 27 Ballykeeffe Estate, Dooradoyle, Limerick. </li></ul><ul><li>I live at home with my wonderful Mom and Dad </li></ul><ul><li>I am a proud Limerick </li></ul><ul><li>man </li></ul>
  44. 61. A new policy anyone? People are the Answer Programmes are the Answer Develop Potential ‘ Fix People’ See People as Citizens and Co-producers See People as Clients Development Maintenance Focus on communities/neighbourhoods Focus on Individuals Emphasis on Associations High Emphasis on Agencies Fewer Services More Services Grants, Loans, Investments, Leverage Grants to Agencies Investment Orientation Charity Orientation Opportunity Identification Problem Response Focus on Assets Focus on Deficiencies Why not also have a model that… Present Policy
  45. 63. Strengths-based Community Development Methodology Discovering Strengths Organizing & Mapping Linking and Mobilizing Community Driven Initiatives Sustaining the Process
  46. 64. Contact us <ul><li>We would be happy to discuss how Nurture </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths UK can add value to your </li></ul><ul><li>endeavours. </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Cormac Russell +353 (87) 928 0998 or </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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