paranaple centre, Devonport

Keynote speaker Cormac Russell

Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development in Ireland, and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago.

Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centered democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.

His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.

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 which he served on for the term of the Group.

You can see s snippet of Cormac at work in this video

More program information to come soon.

Wednesday 25 September -evening reception East Devonport Community House


Conference dinner – Thursday 26 September

Dinner will be held at the conference venue.  The theme is

“Nauticool or Nice”

Devonport is a port city at the mouth of the Mersey River, and of course has a rich maritime history.  And then there are all sorts of other ways to interpret the theme – so have fun, and don’t forget we’ll have awards for best dressed etc…


Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support that enables  us to participation by
the staff and volunteers of our Member Houses at subsidised rates.

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Conference will be held at the paranaple centre, Devonport



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EXPO 2019

Expo will happen on Thursday 26 September from around 12 noon – 2pm.  Set up time will be advised.

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Previous Conferences

Conference 2018 – Creating our Future

Conference 2017 – Connected Communities

Conference 2016 – Making it Happen

Conference 2015 – Our Enterprising Communities

Conference 2014