Active Citizenship

These are Videos about active citizenship. They are discussions, case studies and other videos that look at how citizens can be active in their communities to maker a difference.l

The three essential ingredients for active citizenship | Eric Liu | TEDxChristchurch

Eric Liu defines power as, 'the ability to make others do as you would have them do' - and says we need to understand it, even if it makes it uncomfortable. Imagination, on the other hand, is, 'the ability to see things as they are not,' another critical element of co-creating the kind of society we want to live in. But power + imagination can be dangerous without the third essential ingredient for pro-social citizenship: character. Eric Liu is the founder of Citizen University, directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program, and was recently appointed by President Obama to the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot, both co-authored with Nick Hanauer. He also served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser.

Active Citizenship - Developing Community Cohesion

Students were asked to tackle discrimination and build Community Cohesion. They chose the plight of refugees who were coming to Europe from Syria, and were not always being welcomed. They created an interactive space for visitors to explore the journey of an Asylum seeker. Their hope was that a confrontation with the realities of the situation would create empathy and inform opinion.

What is Active Citizens?

Are you interested in making changes in your community? We believe things can happen when people connect and work together. Active Citizens brings people together to share ideas and learn from each other. Find out more about the Active Citizens programme and see how you can connect with others around the world.

Cormac Russell explains Asset Based Community Development

Cormac Russell, Managing director of Nurture Development, explains the philosophy that lies behind Asset Based Community Development (ABCD.)

ABCD Animation

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to community development, as well as a way of thinking and seeing. This animation explains the basics of ABCD - which is the way we work at Calabash Trust.

Jim Diers Part 1 of 2

As Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Jim Diers managed the development of 13 little city halls, 37 community-driven plans, 75 community gardens, and a Neighbourhood Matching Fund that has supported more than 3,500 community self-help projects.Through the use of numerous examples on his presentation, he explores the key steps towards fostering effective community-government partnerships.

Professor John McKnight: Describe what you mean by "Services cannot deliver well-being."

“There were a lot more relationships among people to support each other. That a neighbor meant something more than the person who lived next door.We didn’t have anything like the kind of support programs that we have now Unemployment Comp or Social Security, any of those things, Medicaid.”

John McKnight - I'm Still Learning

John McKnight, co-founder of the ABCD Institute, is a giftedstoryteller.

Asset map movie

A Croydon local resident shares her learning on Asset-Mapping and how she is currently using it.

ABCD Festival: Peter Kenyon

This is a 40 minute film of Peter Kenyon’s speech to the Asset Based Community Development Festival.

ABCD Festival: John McKnight Keynote Speech

In this 30 minute film John McKnight gives his keynote speech about the history, practice and future of Asset Based Community Development.