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Interviews from the People Powered Change event, 20 June 2011

The Big Lottery Fund brought practitioners of Asset Based Community Development together for a half-day seminar

Over 80 community activists and other professionals gathered at Kings Place to hear from practitioners of Asset Based Community Development, and to discuss the issues which it raises.

Here are four interviews with some of the key figures from the day.

Jim Diers explains what asset based community development is, and why it matters; and assesses its prospects for success in the UK.

Big Lottery Fund chief executive Peter Wanless tells us why BIG brought Jim Diers to Kings Place for this seminar; and how BIG is pursuing some of the principles behind asset based community development in some of its programmes, notably the Big Local Trust.

Cormac Russell of Nurture Development on his experiences of driving asset based community development in Ireland, and how it relates to the current political context in Ireland and the UK.

Ann-Marie Yannis of The Peckham Settlement, a community development organisation in South London, explains how her organisation has switched its focus towards an asset-based approach to community development.

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