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Asset Based Community Development Masterclass by Cormac Russell & Peter Kenyon - 3 May 2018

ACT Council of Social Service Inc

Thursday, 3 May 2018 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)

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Registration Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Full-time Students 2d 2h 36m $70.00 $0.00
Community Workers (Paid/Voluntary) 2d 2h 36m $110.00 $0.00
Government/Corporate 2d 2h 36m $160.00 $0.00
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Asset Based Community Development Masterclass by Cormac Russell & Peter Kenyon

Communities@Work in partnership with the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the Community Development Network of the ACT & Region (CDNet) are thrilled to present this workshop to Canberra. Our facilitators are leading experts in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), which is a strengths-based approach that identifies and utilises the assets and skills that already exist within a community.

This workshop is designed for community enthusiasts, community builders, and civic leaders who want to discover more about ABCD philosophies and methodologies, and their potential and application. We hope you can join us for this amazing opportunity.

You do not have to have done any previous training in ABCD to attend this workshop.  

Get your tickets early as sales end on April 26 - otherwise join us from 8.45am-9.15am for registrations on the day and to grab a cuppa!

Workshop Information

  • Through exciting stories, exercises and lots of humour, this Workshop will focus on:
    • An in depth understanding of the philosophy, value and practice of ABCD.
    • Shifting the development mindset from needs and deficiencies to assets and capacities.
    • Highlighting, mapping, connecting and celebrating the diverse range of community assets and harnessing the connected assets for action that enhances places and strengthens caring communities.
    • Encouraging community members to make the shift from being consumers, customers and clients of services and programs, to co-producers and citizens.
  • Tailoring to your audience - communicating and applying ABCD in various sectors, communities and agencies.
  • Facilitation and training approaches and skills related to ABCD including gaming, art of hosting and storytelling.
  • In depth awareness of ABCD tools, resources and key stories

More About Our Faciilitators 

Cormac Russell
Director of ABCD Europe, Managing Director of Nurture Development and a Faculty Member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. Cormac has trained communities, agencies, non-governmental organisations and governments in ABCD and other strength based approaches in Kenya, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Singapore, Canada and Australia. Cormac and his team at Nurture Development are currently supporting the development of ABCD demonstration sites across the UK.

Peter Kenyon
Peter is simply a social capitalist and community enthusiast. Over the last three decades he has worked with over 1600 communities throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America, Africa and the Middle East, seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create caring, inclusive, connected and enterprising communities and local economies. Peter is convinced that one cannot develop communities from the top down or from the outside in. It requires communities to build from the inside out, and for their members to invest themselves, ideas, assets and resources in the process. Peter created the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) in 1991 to promote such a paradigm shift and assist with the necessary facilitation, ideas and skills. Peter's consulting project work has resulted in assignments in 59 countries and all states of Australia.

Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea will be provided.  


If you are having difficulty covering the cost of the ticket or would like more information, please feel free to contact Ryan Joseph (02 6202 7200 / or Karen Jessen (02 6293 6597 /  

Terms and Conditions: Bookings are essential. Please register early as places are limited. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so we can offer your place to others on our waiting list. 



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Apollo Room
Hellenic Club
Matilda Street
Canberra, ACT 2606

Thursday, 3 May 2018 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)

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ACT Council of Social Service Inc

The ACT Council of Social Service Inc. (ACTCOSS) is the peak representative body for people living with disadvantage and not-for-profit community organisations in the Australian Capital Territory. For more information please visit our website:

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