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[Research] Working on the Root System of Social Connections in a Community

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This manuscript explores the transformative potential of neighbourhoods as pivotal units of societal change, employing the metaphor of a forest’s root system to highlight the intricate web of social connections foundational to vibrant communities. Advocating for an asset-based, relational strategy, it underscores the importance of nurturing community connections to foster belonging, mutual support, and collective efficacy. Through the lens of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and the case of the Voorstad neighbourhood in Deventer, Netherlands, it demonstrates how grassroots initiatives can create sustainable, inclusive communities. By urging policymakers and practitioners to prioritize relationships as the cornerstone for addressing complex social challenges, this work suggests a nuanced approach for building more connected, resilient, and democratic societies.

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  • By

    Cormac Russell

  • Published

    Mar 22, 2024

  • Subject Area
    • Age-friendly Communities
    • General Health and Wellness
    • Social Connectedness / Social Isolation
    • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Audience
    • Academics
    • Funders
    • Government (Politicians, Policy Makers) and Health Authorities
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Caregivers, Seniors & Volunteers
    • Government
    • Health Authorities
  • Category
    • Research & Evidence
    • Research & Reports
    • Friendly Visiting
    • Impact Stories
    • Advocacy
    • Best Practices


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