The power of neighbourhoods: Community comes first

Council of Social Services (Dunedin) was proud to be part of a group of local organisations who brought community development expert Jim Diers to Dunedin on Monday. Jim held two workshops, which were each attended by around 100 people representing dozens of local organisations.

Today the Otago Daily Times reported on Jim’s workshops:

Because there were institutions designed to build a community, they actually broke community down, by placing residents in categories, like young, old, disabled or unemployed.

Everybody had gifts that were buried beneath labels but many residents had disconnected from their community because they were labelled by their needs, rather than their strengths, and become clients of the service system, rather than citizens in a community, he said.

Read the full article on the Otago Daily Times website