Sustainable Community Development: From What's Wrong to What's Strong

Cormac Russell. TedxExeter, 2016.

This 18-minute TedTalk frames community engagement positively with compelling stories and theory. Speaker Cormac Russell teaches that communities are rich in gifts, capacities, and potential rather than deficits.


brief and engaging presentation, asset-based theory

Best For

congregations seeking to present mutual community ministry



Suggested Uses

  • Envision how your congregation can use existing assets to serve the community by watching and discussing in small groups.
  • Reframe your congregation’ s thoughts about community ministry by watching this video as a group.

About the Contributor

Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming was a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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