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- Starting with what’s strong (and the harm of starting with needs)- Mapping assets to grow resident power- Types of assets and mapping- Tips and Cautions - Asset mapping methods
- Practice putting on an “asset lens” when seeing ourselves, our group, and community.- Builds trust & relationship between participants.- Enables a team or group to clearly see and activate their collective gifts, talents, and priorities, which they can use as “ingredients” in planning projects, solving local problems, or organizational development.
In every community, a wide range of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies are actively contributing to the well-being of the community and its residents. In an asset-based community-building framework, these institutions represent the third of six local community assets which, when well-connected with the other assets (individuals, associations, place, economy/exchange, and stories/culture), can spark new possibilities for local resilience, and creative problem- solving, and well-being.
We can think of institutions as great “treasure chests,” full of wealth that communities can use to realize their aspirations and solve local challenges. This wealth includes the assets (goods, services, and resources) that are currently being utilized as well as the potential assets that could be contributed as the institution becomes more involved and invested in local change efforts. You’ll find the following Institutional Discovery Tools in this toolkit:
- Institutional Asset Inventory - Mapping Partner Organizations - Mapping Employee Assets - Mapping Who We Know - Six Degrees of Separation
There is no “one way” to map local assets. The following two stories follow the work of IMLS Community Catalyst awardees Emory University and Woodland Park Zoo as they experimented with asset mapping and asset-based community development.
Emory University (Atlanta, GA)The story of Emory University Stuart A. Rose Library's IMLS-funded project “Revisiting R.A.C.E.: Leveraging Archival Resources for AIDS Education" demonstrates how asset mapping can enable libraries and museums to not only learn the best way to be helpful to their community, but also to fundamentally change their relationship with their communities into one more deeply embedded, mutually supportive and respectful, and capable of sparking truly transformative change.
The Rose Library project lead staff have modeled a compelling and creative use of this tool by