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Cormac is a social explorer, an author and a much sought-after speaker. He is the Founding Director of Nurture Development and a member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, at DePaul University, Chicago.

Over the last 25 years, Cormac’s work has demonstrated an enduring impact in 35 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other community-based approaches in Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe and North America.

His most recent books are The Connected Community- Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods (Coauthor John McKnight); Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2022, and Rekindling Democracy – A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space; Cascade Books, 2020.

Cormac’s TEDx talk can be viewed here


The Connected Community- Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods (Coauthor John McKnight); Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2022

Rekindling Democracy: A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space (2020). Cascade Books.

– More about the book here

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD): Looking Back to Look Forward (2021, 3rd Edition)

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An Incomplete Guide to Asset-Based Community Development

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Chapters in other books

Russell, C. (2021) “Styrkebasert lokalsamfunnsutvikling (ABCD)” [Asset Based Community Development] in Heimburg, D.V. & Ness, O. (Eds), “Aksjonsforskning: samskapt kunnskap som ender liv og samfunn” [Action Research: Co-created knowledge changing lives and societies] (pp.103-117). Fagbokforlaget.

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Russell, C. and Hofman, J. (2021) “Inleiding: mailwisseling”  pp.22-27 and Russell, C. (2021) Een krachtenveldanalyse” pp. 28-32 in Visser, E. et al (2021) “Altijd nieuw gedoe!”

McKnight, J. and Russell C. (2022) “Asset-Based Community Development” in Rapp-McCall, L., Roberts, A. and Corcoran, K. (2022) “Social Workers Desk Reference” 4th Ed. Oxford University Press.

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Getting to Authentic Co-production: An Asset-Based Community Development Perspective on Co-production

– Abstract / Full Paper here


Understanding Ground-up Community Building, Cormac Russell, (Wiley, Lifestyle Medicine, 2022)

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Dejemos de buscar líderes y busquemos personas conectoras, Comunidad Julio – Octubre 2022 Volumen: 24, Cormac Russell & Daniel Millor Vela

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Russell, C. (2021) “The Seven Habits of Highly Connected People” Hindsight (32) pp65-68

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Supporting Community Participation in a Pandemic: Gaceta Sanitaria

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We don’t have a health problem, we have a village problem – Community Medicine

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An Asset-Based Community Development booklet for Citizens: “THE MOST SUSTAINABLE IDEAS AND THE WILL TO ACT ON THEM ARE RIGHT HERE”. ” By Rita Agdel, Inger Helen Midtgard & Cormac Russell

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Three Domains of Knowing Expert Knowledge Collective Knowledge Personal Knowledge

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The Four Essential Elements of an Asset-Based Community Development Process by John L. McKnight & Cormac Russell

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Does more medicine make us sicker? Ivan Illich revisited

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IPJ 2010 – Making the Case for an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Approach to Probation: From Reformation to Transformation

–  Abstract  / Full Paper (Downloadable Pdf file)

Communities in Control: developing assets, Carnegie Publication

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From Needs to Asset: Chart a sustainable development path in Sub-Saharan Africa (coauthor Ted Smeaton)

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Pulling back from the edge: an asset-based approach to ageing

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A Strength-Based Approach to Ageing Well: The Housing Dimension by Lawrence Miller & Cormac Russell

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