As we look at community recovery planning across Canada, many organizations are asking what their role is in deepening community and how they can support citizens to build community. In his new book, Rekindling Democracy- A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space, Cormac Russell stipulates that organizations and professionals are not the solution to community problems, it is citizens who must be at the centre of any authentic and powerful democratic response to challenges.
This webinar featured Cormac Russell in a discussion about his new book. He also explores the shift from citizen-centred community development approaches to top-down institution-centred ones, and how we can challenge the status quo in order to reboot democracy.
Take Your Learning Further:
Read Rekindling Democracy; A Professional's Guide to Working in Citizen Space By Cormac Russell
Learn about Nurture Development
Check out the Asset-based Community Recovery Framework
These resources and many more can be found on the Cities Deepening Community webpage.