Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago.
Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.
He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.
His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.
In January 2011 Cormac was appointed to the Expert Reference Group on Community Organising and Communities First, by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society in the UK which he served on for the term of the Group.
Watch Cormac explain what ABCD is.
Some of the places where Cormac is working/has worked:
– Gent (Belgium).
– Norrköping and Linköping (Sweden).
– Melbourne (Australia).
– Singapore (Singapore).
– Central Rumbek (South Sudan).
– Buurtkracht (The Netherlands).
Communities in Control: developing assets, Carnegie Publication
From Needs to Asset: Chart a sustainable development path in Subsaharan Africa
Making the case for an Asset-Based Community Development approach to Probation
Pulling back from the edge: an asset based approach to ageing
A Strength-Based Approach to Ageing Well: The Housing Dimension