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Person-centred, Community-driven (PCCD) Practice

Blending Person Centred Thinking and Asset-based Community Development has been both a natural progression of two powerful strengths focused approaches yet, has also been a challenge in discovering where the intersections and borders are within the stand-alone frameworks and philosophies. Person Centred Community Driven practice delivers an experience for people that shifts mindsets towards a…

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Who Cares

Who cares? A few months ago, I started some conversations (which some people might call ‘work’) with 14 multi-cultural community leaders in Sydney who are seeking ways to collaborate and learn from each other plus, share their strengths with the broader community. For example, one of the Afghan leaders told one of the African leaders…

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Learning Conversations

One Tree at a Time Late one Friday afternoon, I was talking on the phone with the Regional Coordinatorofa Government Department about the upcoming talk and workshop I would be delivering at their Annual Forum. Being very passionate community workers, we very quickly moved onto talking about the importance of listening, the potential dilemmas caused…

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Between Chaos and Control

Between Chaos and Control “Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.” ~ From the I Ching Over the years of working with people; community members, teams, friends, my family, I have observed and reflected on the path between…

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Values of Inclusion

Why are the ‘Values of Inclusion’ (developed by Marsha Forest, Jack Pearpoint, John O’Brien and the Scottish Human Services) so important? Start Fragment Everyone is born ‘in’ All means All Everyone needs to be ‘in’ Everyone needs to be ‘with’ Everyone is ready Everyone needs support Everyone can communicate Everyone can learn Everyone can contribute…

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The Pub is My Church

I recently attended a one day workshop on Collective Impact in Sydney, facilitated by Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute where he talked about the concept of Third Spaces. The term is not new to me and is what one of my ABCD colleagues, Jim Diers, calls Bumping Places but, it got me thinking about…

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The Power of Small Steps

  When traveling around the country, delivering ABCD workshops, I often hear people say, “I’ve heard great ABCD stories but it all seems too big for my little community” or, “People aren’t interested, where do I start?” I was reminded of this yesterday when wrapping up a 3 day Person-Centred, Community-Driven training for Early Linkers,…

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