For more than thirty years, Cormac has been fascinated by how people and places weave together to find common purpose. In the early 1990s, Cormac began working with the Irish Health Board, as it was known at that time. Professionally trained in therapeutic approaches and psychological models, he worked with children and young people who were wards of court, attempting to support them into community care settings in neighborhoods, as far away from formal institutions as possible. It was here that he learned the limits of institutional interventions, especially well-intended ones.
John was raised a traveling Ohioan, living in seven neighborhoods and small towns in the eighteen years before he left to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. There he had the good fortune to be educated by a faculty dedicated to preparing students for effective citizenship. He graduated into the U.S. Navy, where he had three years of “postgraduate” education in Asia during the Korean War.
Coming September 27, 2022