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Asset Based Community Development (ABCD): Looking Back to Look Forward: In conversation with John McKnight about the intellectual and practical heritage of ABCD and its place in the world today. by [Russell, Cormac]
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Asset Based Community Development (ABCD): Looking Back to Look Forward: In conversation with John McKnight about the intellectual and practical heritage of ABCD and its place in the world today. Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1356 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Cormac Russell (15 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZS1QPDC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a really short book that stretches over 80+ pages, but the print and spacing is large. You can read through in an hour or so. While it's very short that doesn't devalue the interest of the matterial. It's an effective jigsaw of ideas behind the development of ABCD and there's a super-handy reference section at the back if you fancy some more in depth reading afterwards. At the low Kindle price it's fair value for a quick overview.
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I have known Cormac Russel for several years and had many conversations with him in person and online. This book encapsulates much of what I have heard Cormac say over the years and puts those conversations in the deep thought provoking context of Cormac's conversation with John McKnight. My own experiences with public sector organisations range on a scale from extremely positive to downright deplorable and this book helped me to reflect on those experiences in a way which focussed on the characteristics of the organisation and away from individual people. I found myself highlighting something on nearly every page, so much did the content resonate with me. So I have highlighted the highlights and found parts of the book that mean a lot to me. My favourite sentiment that appears several times in the book is that the best a public sector organisation can do is the worst thing that could be done. I wrote Connecting with People, a set of stories about my police work in a disadvantaged neighbourhood which I have just re-read this book through the lens of Asset Based Community Development. I found the process enlightening. I recommend that you read Cormac's conversation with John before you read any text book or story about the public sector because this new light will expose a different and easier to understand picture.
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My very first e book. Not available in print. This is the book that is causing quite a lot of interest on Twitter. The subject being living in and improving communities. No question I would prefer a hard copy to make notations onto , but still a thought provoking read. I will be looking out for the promised future fuller hard copy version. Do invest in this. It is well worth the effort.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I have read much of John McKnight's work and have found him to be an immense influence on my thinking and practice. In a series of short chapters Cormac allows John to talk about some of the big influences in his life. Most of these I was already familiar with although some were new new names to me. All of them helped to remind me about the potential of asset based approaches to community and change, and helped to remind me of the contexts from which this practice developed. I only hope that Cormac is right and these ideas do stand on the threshold of a resurgence.
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