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: CDS 46th Anniversary International Conference

19th-22nd July 2015

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Registration for the Community Development Society’s Conference on “Creativity and Culture: Community Development – Approaches for Strengthening Health, Environment, Economic Vibrancy, Social Justice and Democracy” is now open.

Full details can be found on the CDS website.

Early bird rate available for those who register before 20th June.


EVENT: Unitec Community Development Conference 2015

18th – 20th February 2015

Unitech Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Bringing together practitioners, academics and students to share their knowledge, research and stories about community development.

Major themes include placemaking, community economic development, diverse communities and re-claiming democracy, with quality assured papers, poster presentations and practical skills workshops.

Download the draft conference programme (PDF).

Find out who is presenting – download the presentation details (PDF).

Registration is now open: click here for details.

EVENT: Keib Thomas Community Development Memorial Lecture

11th February 2015

London Metropolitan University, UK

Re-asserting the right to be heard: Manifesto for Organising Community Development for Social and Political Change – Post May 2015

This event is open to anyone with an interest in community development.  It is a forum for workers and practitioners. This forum is for Community Development Workers/Practitioners (volunteer or paid) from all sectors working with communities in London. Managers, policy workers and academics and students are also welcome.

This event is open to anyone with an interest in community development.  It is a forum for workers and practitioners. This forum is for Community Development Workers/Practitioners (volunteer or paid) from all sectors working with communities in London. Managers, policy workers and academics and students are also welcome.

Date & Time:
Wednesday 11 February 2015, 6.00 pm to 8.45pm

London Metropolitan University, Henry Thomas Room TG30, Tower Building, 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

Booking is required to attend this free event. Click here to book a place.

This event is being organised by Community Development Network London. To find out more about the network, contact Matt Scott: matt [at]

Community development standards: Phase 2: the revised draft

The Federation for Community Development Learning (FCDL) are holding meetings on the occupational standards for community work on 13th November (in London) and 28th November (Leeds).

FCDL is working with partners across the UK to review the Community Development National Occupational Standards (CDNOS). The standards describe what a person needs to do, know and understand to carry out good quality community development practice, and they can be used in many ways. The first phase of the review went well, and there is a draft set of revised CDNOS ready for consultation.

Are the revised CD standards easier to use and understand and a more powerful tool for supporting communities?     

Anybody who is involved in community development practice, in any setting or role, is welcome to come along, find out more, and share your views.

Details of the Leeds event will be announced soon on the FCDL website.

Details of the London event are as follows:

Thursday 13th November
10.00am – 1.00pm (with registration from 9.30 am)

London Metropolitan University,
London Metropolitan University, GC1-08, Graduate Centre, North Campus, 166-220 Holloway Road, N7 8DB

You can book a place at the London event here, by emailing Matt Scott:

EVENT: Microfinance: The Better Alternative Conference

30th-31st October 2014

Kingscliff, Australia

Northern Rivers Community Gateway are organising a conference focusing on the benefits of microfinance through financial and social inclusion, economic mobility, working with indigenous communities, developing sustainable community programmes and more.

To take advantage of the early bird rate, register before 31 August here.

EVENT: Community Development Society Annual Conference

20-23 July 2014

Dubuque, Iowa, USA

Scholarships are available for the Community Development Society (CDS) annual international conference.

The CDS Endowment was established as a sustainable fund to help members in a variety of ways, from attending the organisation’s annual international conferences to enhancing the quality and diversity of their programs to supporting student research.

The CDS Endowment Fund will distribute up to four scholarships in 2014 to CDS members and student members to support academic efforts, research projects, or presentations.

Applications close on 30th April.

More information can be found on the CDS website.

EVENT: Community is the answer

9th-11th June 2014

Glasgow, UK

Registration for the IACD conference Community is the answer is now open.

This major international gathering will showcase community-based solutions to issues of Health, Wealth and Power. It will allow community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers from Scotland and around the world to come together and explore what actually matters to people – and how to place it at the core of what we do.

The conference takes place in the vibrant city of Glasgow, Scotland, in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Book your place as a full 3-day delegate or day delegate here.

Early bird booking rates apply. Discounted places are available for members of IACD and for practitioners in Scotland registered with the CLD Standards Council.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Community is the answer

9th-11th June 2014

Glasgow, UK

(update: registration is now open)

This event will explore some of the most significant local and global questions we face today in the context of the answer: community.

How will we address the challenges of poverty? Of growing inequality? Of the environmental crisis? Of the failure of our institutions?

Community is the answer will showcase community-based solutions from Scotland and around the world. It will allow community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers to come together and examine what actually matters to people, how to measure it and how to place it at the core of what we do.

The event is a collaboration organised by the International Association for Community Development (IACD), the University of Glasgow and the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council for Scotland.

More information can be found on the Community is the answer website.

The full call for participation (including abstract guidelines) can be found here.

To submit a proposal for a presentation, seminar/workshop, arts-based learning event or field visit, fill in the online form by 29th November 2013.