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Transcript: Cormac Russell on Sustainable Community Development: From What’s Wrong To What’s Strong at TEDxExeter

Cormac Russell at TEDxExeter

Cormac Russell, Managing director of Nurture Development, discusses Sustainable Community Development: From What’s Wrong To What’s Strong at TEDxExeter Conference…

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Thank you. The question: Can I help you? is a question that millions of people ask millions of other people every single day. What does that actually mean to help another human, or indeed, to help an entire community? I believe that helping is a powerful and often beautiful human impulse. But I also believe that helping has a shadow side, that certain styles or forms of helping are actually doing more harm than good.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Harvard academic, puts beautifully when she says that when we do change to people, they experience it as violence, but when people do change for themselves, they experience it as liberation.

Today I want to present a very simple idea, and the idea is this: If we want to help people in a way that does no harm to them and their capacities in their communities, then the best place to start is with what is strong within them and within their communities, and not with what’s wrong.

There is an abundance of evidence that calls us to this way of helping, including the 75-year study on what makes happiness possible, the longitudinal study from Harvard which reminds us that it’s best to lean into our relationships and to create community rather than lean into ourselves and money. And the work of the Kettering Foundation which studies what happens when democracies work as they should and indeed here in the UK, the work of the new economic foundation which has helped us to see the five ways to well-being.

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