How to Ask Better Community Questions: It’s as Easy as ABCD
In this conversation Joel Zaslovsky discusses with Cormac Russell:
- Why our unexpressed gifts can do tremendous harm.
- How an institutionalized five-year-old changed Cormac’s life direction.
- Why community makes a better verb than a noun.
- How to get past the sense that someone’s either trying to sell you something or sell you out.
- The two words that simply summarize Asset-Based Community Development.
- How to have conversations that respect the past and present, but aren’t held captive by either.
- When to show up as a host or guest in someone’s life.
- How to ask better questions about and within your communities.
- Why consumer culture is actually an anti-culture.
- Why emphasizing discoverables is better than focusing on deliverables.
- How Asset-Based Community Driven Efforts may be the next evolution of ABCD.
Timestamps for discussion topics:
- [03:17] How I think about community and my sense of belonging
- [12:41] Cormac’s seeds of awesomeness
- [19:23] How being an orphan informs Cormac’s ABCD work
- [24:23] How Cormac’s background in psychology and “community care” led him to ABCD
- [29:31] The essence of ABCD
- [33:30] Community as a verb, not a noun
- [39:38] The tension between trust and privacy
- [52:02] The limits of ABCD and discoverables over deliverables
Republished with the kind permission of Joel Zaslofsky.
Find out more about this conversation: originally published – How to Ask Better Community Questions: It’s as Easy as ABCD with Cormac Russell – SASM 127
Find out more about Joel and his community: http://joelzaslofsky.com/