“The Social Contagion of Hope” will be published around April 2019 and is based on seven projects – two in Australia and five in the UK – that describe the generation of pathways to social inclusion for marginalised groups, with a specific focus on the reintegration of offenders and drug users.
Using a method of Asset Based Community Development, the seminar will chart the development of this method and the underlying theory of CHIME – Connectedness; Hope; Identity; Meaning and Empowerment – as a process for generating pathways to inclusion but also as a means of reinvigoriating communities.
The seminar will describe projects that attempt to liberate community resources and assets through social inclusion and social justice models, and culminates in the development of an Inclusive Cities model that has recruited a number of European cities.
The ultimate aim of this initiative is to use the successes of recovery and desistance approaches to increase informal social bonds and create sustainable pathways to inclusive and meaningful engagement with the positive resources that all communities possess.
David Best is an Honorary Professor at REGNET and Professor of Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. He is the current chair of the British Criminological Society Prisons Research Network, a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Recovery Committee, an advisor to the UK Ministry of Justice and the research lead on a European collaboration assessing pathways to recovery in Scotland, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is also the father of a 10-year old boy called Billy.