ABCD Institute > Institute Faculty > Active Faculty > Cormac Russell
Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
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.
Some current/recent examples of his national and international work include the following:
Cormac holds degrees in philosophy and psychology and is also an accredited civil and commercial mediator with the ADR group. He uses these and other skills and processes including World Café, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology alongside strength based thinking to support those with whom he works to move towards inclusive, actionable change.
Other examples of Cormac’s work are available on Nurture Development’s website at http://www.nurturedevelopment.org/
To see Cormac presenting on ABCD and social inclusion visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwvUU-h1crY
To here Cormac being interviewed about ABCD and the Big Society visit
“Cormac has supported the development of Local Government Improvement and Development’s recent thinking and activity on Asset Based Community Development. His international knowledge and experience in this approach has been a valuable ‘asset’ to this organisation.”- Trevor Hopkins – Principal Consultant, Healthy Communities