CDJ Thinkery: Community Organising for Social Action 3rd July 2019

Community Organising for Social Action

10.30 – 4.30, Wesley Conference Centre, Euston, London

Purpose: In addition to publishing 4 issues of the journal each year, the Community Development Journal occasionally holds international gatherings which provide an opportunity to meet colleagues for face to face learning and discussion. On 3rd July 2019, we will be hosting a ‘Thinkery’ – a day in which to reflect, learn and challenge our understandings around community organising and social action.

• identify the commonalities across community practice, and examine ways of promoting community organising as a core feature of practice;
• build alliances at a local, national and international level with a view to supporting collective action and movement building;
• build solidarity between local and global social action;
• challenge ourselves and others through critical debate.

Speakers and provocateurs:

Tricia Zipfel: in the 1970s Tricia helped pioneer Co-operative Housing in the UK and was involved in community organising in the States. She has been an active member of TELCO/Citizens UK for more than 20 years. In addition, she ran a national organisation for 20 years, was a government policy adviser and remains heavily involved in community organising.
Bob Fisher: is Professor of Community Organization at the University of Connecticut. Bob teaches courses in community organizing and urban and community studies. Bob has been researching, critiquing, teaching, writing about and engaged with community organizing since the early 1970s.
Pushpesh Kumar: teaches Sociology at University of Hyderabad. Present academic concerns include queer movements, queer pedagogy, religion and queer issues, and Marxism and Queer Theory. He is currently editing Sexuality, Abjection and Queer Existence in Contemporary India (Routledge) and has published extensively in leading national and international journals.

Adam Fletcher: Adam is an internationally recognized advocate for youth engagement. Beginning in 2001 with his flagship programme, The Freechild Project, Adam’s work on youth engagement has influenced communities worldwide. His education outreach program called SoundOut began in 2002 and has led the international student voice movement since.

Please join us for a day of participatory discussions and thinking.
Cost, including lunch, is £50. Closing date: 17th May 2019.
50 places are available on a first come first served basis.
Please email  to reserve your place, providing your full name and contact details. We will then send an invoice and further information.

EVENT: A Thinkery on Water, Anti-Privatisation Struggles and the Commons

Friday 23rd June

O’Rahilly Building
University College Cork, Ireland

https _cdn.evbuc.com_images_31342114_5271728581_1_original.jpgExpressed in slogans such as “water is a human right”, “water is life”, “we are water” and “defend the sacred”, throughout the globe a revolution is taking place as people organise to resist the privatisation of water.

In a spirit of shared struggle against privatisation (in its many forms), this Thinkery will explore differences in approach and attitude in anti-privatisation struggles mobilized around water in Ireland, Italy, Spain and Standing Rock in the USA.

Speakers will include:

Chas Jewett, Standing Rock Water Protector
Miriam Planas, Aigua és Vida (Barcelona) and European Water Movement 
Marco Iob, Italian Forum of Water Movements and European Water Movement

There is no charge and participation is open to all. However, it is necessary to register a place at the Thinkery on eventbrite or by emailing Órla O’Donovan ( before 16 June 2017.

Please direct any queries you have to the organisers Mark Garavan (, Patrick Bresnihan ( or Órla O’Donovan (

This event has been organised with funding support from the Community Development Journal.

EVENT: Building Bridges: Mobilising communities in times of conflict

ukraine revolutionSeminar:
Experiences from the U

Thursday 23rd June 2016

University of Birmingham, UK

Oleksandr Pidhonyy
Nataliya Drozd
(Centre Dobrochyn, Chernihiv)

Seminar Room 710, Muirhead Tower
3.30pm – 5pm

This event is free to attend but places are limited. To book contact Angus McCabe:

Event supported by the Community Development Journal

RESOURCES: CDJ 50th Anniversary Conference

DSCF0334We were delighted to welcome delegates to Edinburgh at the beginning of July for the CDJ 50th Anniversary Conference: Why Community Development? Continuity and Innovation.

In the spirit of widening participation, we will be gradually uploading resources from this event – including presentation slides, video and critical reflections –  to CDJ Plus in the coming weeks.

We’ve already got some initial materials up on our new dedicated page:
50th Anniversary Conference.

Please do keep checking back to see what else we’ve added!

EVENT: Commons against and beyond capitalism?

A Thinkery with Silvia Federici, George Caffentzis and Anne B. Ryan

Thinkery imageThursday 28th May 2015

University College Cork, Ireland

During the first part of this day-long Thinkery, which will be led by Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, you will be invited to listen, think and converse with others about anti-capitalist commoning. Based in New York, they are part of an international movement that asserts ‘commons’ can be the seeds of a society beyond state and market.

A long-time feminist and anti-globalization activist, teacher and writer, Silvia Federici’s books include Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle (2012) and Caliban and the Witch. Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004). Founding member of the Midnight Notes Collective, George Caffentzis’ latest book is In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines and the Crisis of Capitalism (2013). An overview of their perspective on the commons can be found in this article

Learning together about the commons will continue in the afternoon, but here the focus will be on actual and emergent commoning in Ireland. Discussing her work on the radical concept of ‘enough’ and her practical experience of Community Supported Farming, this will include a contribution from Anne B. Ryan. She is the author of Enough is Plenty: Public and Private Policies for the 21st century (2009).

There is no charge for participation but booking in advance is essential. Please book by emailing Órla O’Donovan at

The event follows on from Commons Sense – A Thinkery on the Commons held in Kimmage Centre for Development Studies in 2014 and addressed by Gustavo Esteva, Mexican post-development theorist and commoner. A video of that event can be watched here and a transcript of the conversation can be found here.

10.00am – 4.30pm, Thursday, 28 May 2015

CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27), University College Cork

This event is organised in association with the Community Development Journal, University College Cork, UNIDEV and Kimmage Development Studies Centre.

Launch event update

5 April 2013

The launch event in December for the Special Issue on Mental Health and Community Development was a great success, with many thought-provoking contributions from speakers and attendees alike.

We will soon be uploading resources related to this event, including a full report and powerpoint slides from the day.