The primary aim of asset mapping is to connect resources and people together and to flush out the hidden resouces which are availiable to a community.
The secondary aim is to create a physical map of the people and resources of a community.
Asset Mapping can be a complex and deep process or a light and quick opportunity.
Head Heart and Hands (A light and quick approach)
- What knowledge do you have and who you know? (Head)
- What you are passionate about? (Heart)
- What do you really like doing? (Hands)
The post it note is then stuck up onto a board / displayed somewhere easily accessible. Participants are invited to talk to each other about what they observe on the board. This gathering of the story is a way of recording the sorts of skills and resouces that are in the room on the day.
- Faith in Action workshop Feb14 with Peter Kenyon
- Asset Map eg Resident Capacity Register Feb2014
A Systematic Map (A deeper and longer exercise)
Community Mapping can be quite substantial and thourough. Here are some examples of more substantial set of questions which cover all aspects of the communities life.
- Asset Map eg Community Asset Mapping Workbook_2011
- Capacity Inventory, in Building Communities from the Inside Out, A path toward finding and moboilising a community’s assets by John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKinight p 19-25