Asset-based community development restores the civic and neighbourhood connections that have been eroded by technology and mobility, as Cormac Russell, managing director of Nurture Development, explains.   ‘Well, I… I think that it… that it wasn’t enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em… and it’s that if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.’  Dorothy Gale, Wizard of Oz In The Vanishing Neighbor, Marc Dunkelman writes about the changes in the social architecture of American neighbourhoods. He notes that adults today relate differently than their grandparents did, tending towards a few intimate relationships (the inner ring) and a wide expanse of more distant surface relationships (the outer ring). The casualties are the relationships in between (the middle ring). These ‘in between’ relationships … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Cormac Russell, is the managing director of Nurture Development, a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, and the director of ABCD Europe.