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Refugees show path back to community.

Dr. Jim Diers

While social capital in Australia as in North America seems to have lost value, much of the refugee population comes from places where there is still a strong sense of community. This seminar will examine and share stories of refugee communities using their social capital to support one another. Jim Diers will illustrate how people are using diverse aspects of their culture to reinforce the sense of community and strengthen social capital. Ways in which agencies intent on helping communities can potentially contribute to their breakdown will also be discussed. Principles and tools that agencies can use to help sustain and strengthen community capacity will be suggested.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
March 2011, New South Wales, Australia.
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Dr. Jim Diers

Jim teaches courses in community organizing and development at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations, and government.

Jim received a BA and an honorary doctorate from Grinnell College. His work in the Department of Neighborhoods in Seattle was recognized with an Innovations Award from the Kennedy School of Government, a Full Inclusion Award from the American Association on Developmental Disabilities, and the Public Employee of the Year Award from the Municipal League of King County. Jim’s book, Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, is available throught the University of Washington Press

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