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Vanessa Reid

'If there had been no crisis, we could not have known this quality of being together was possible'
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This spring, for the first time in the four years that we have been working on the ground with citizens in Greece, I heard Greeks saying that they are grateful for the collapse of their systems.

Cormac Russell

The intellectual heritage of Asset-Based Community Development
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We’ve just finished the ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) Festival where we celebrated with people from 17 countries. We revelled in the greatness of small, local, and organic things. And we weren’t alone. On June 18 we trended at Number 6 in the UK on Twitter for over two hours, then dropped to Number 10 for a further hour; and we also trended at Number 9 in Canada.

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‘It’s an amazing thing that people really resist change, even if it’s in their best interest’

Creating the conditions for people to experience “a-ha” moments about new possibilities for their community’s future and how they might take ownership for enabling those possibilities can be a lonely and risky business. The work is rewarding, but it’s a subtle kind of reward — one you have to search for to see, trusting that it will ripple out into long-term, meaningful change.

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