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The Creative Activist Toolkit is a series of PDF booklets designed to help today’s youth impact the world through creativity and social entrepreneurship. Produced by the Global Youth Fund and the......

The Creative Activist Toolkit is a series of PDF booklets designed to help today’s youth impact the world through creativity and social entrepreneurship. Produced by the Global Youth Fund and the Creative Visions Foundation, the toolkit chapters are offered free to download. Email us if you would like to contribute a chapter. This chapter helps young changemakers create effective strategies for change through "asset mapping."

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  • 1. e TAO of MacGyver globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 2. ENERGY, SINCERITY, CLARITY OF VISION, CREATIVITY... Dan Eldon (1970-1993) Creative Activist
  • 3. in partnership with globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 4. Tip: For all the links to work, you must view this full screen or download the file. Click “Get File” button to download PDF. On Slideshare.net On other sites Click on “full” button to view full screen. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 5. the tao of macgyver Superman, and Spiderman... Like Batman, M acGyver is one of the most popular crim e fighters in A merican pop culture. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 6. the tao of macgyver But unlik e them, he possesse s no special powers o r technology. The only thing he carries around is a simple Swiss army knife. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 7. the tao of macgyver So what’s his weapon? globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 8. the tao of macgyver So what’s his weapon? His MIND globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 9. the tao of macgyver So what’s his weapon? His MIND = knowledge + creativity globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 10. the tao of macgyver In the hit TV se ries tha t bears his name, Ma cGyver g oes up ag ainst ba d guys and alw ays gets elf into life and hims death si tuations. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 11. the tao of macgyver But he always manage s to get out of t hem by I MPRO VISING SOLU TIONS globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 12. the tao of macgyver Example 1 Magnifying Glass + Watch Crystal + Newspaper = Telescope! globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 13. the tao of macgyver Example 2 Cut-up Umbrella + Rope (tied together) = Grappling Hook! globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 14. the tao of macgyver Example 3 Headphone + Rubber Tubing (inserted) = Stethoscope! globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 15. the tao of macgyver In short, MacGyver... 1 looks at his immediate surroundings globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 16. the tao of macgyver In short, MacGyver... 1 looks at his 2 sees what immediate he has to surroundings work with globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 17. the tao of macgyver In short, MacGyver... 1 2 3 looks at his sees what and then uses immediate he has to his mind to surroundings work with come up with a creative solution. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 18. the tao of macgyver His modus operandi: globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 19. the tao of macgyver His modus operandi: Do what you can with what you have where you are. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 20. the tao of macgyver It’s how 14-year-old William Kamkwamba built his windmill at his village in rural Malawi. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 21. the tao of macgyver It’s how Shailesh and Ujala brought lighting to 17 homes - using tractor batteries. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 22. the tao of macgyver Do what you can with what you have where you are. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 23. the tao of macgyver It ’s ea sy fo r ac ti vi st s to do th e oppo si te : to fo cus on THE PROBLEM ... on w hat th ey NEED. .. on ho w to ge t w hat th ey DON’T HAVE. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 24. the tao of macgyver But many changemakers now say, “We need to... BE LIKE MIKE!” Mac globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 25. the tao of macgyver We need to set goals based on our ASSETS - what we have - rather than our NEEDS. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 26. the tao of macgyver There are three main reasons for this... globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 27. the tao of macgyver Outside resources and support are not easy to get. You can have a great idea and a talented team but that doesnʼt gurantee youʼll get the funding or backing you want. Often, youʼll need good timing and luck... and those donʼt always happen on your schedule. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 28. the tao of macgyver You already have resources. Why not use them? Youʼd be amazed at the change you can create with existing resources. So why wait for legislation to change, major funding to come through or major partners to come on board? globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 29. the tao of macgyver It builds “social capital.” Youʼll find that “existing resources” and “assets” usually mean other people. Working with people means you have to engage and “empower” others. The relationships you form will not only help you but strengthen your community in the long run. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 30. the tao of macgyver Q: So... how mig ht MacGyver go about creating so cial change? A: Heʼd start with Asset Mapping. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 31. the tao of macgyver ASSET MAPPING 101 globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 32. the tao of macgyver What are assets? globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 33. the tao of macgyver All the people who might support you. What are assets? globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 34. the tao of macgyver All the people who All the skills they can might support you. offer your team. What are assets? globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 35. the tao of macgyver All the people who All the skills they can might support you. offer your team. What are assets? All the institutions your people are connected to - schools, churches, charities, businesses, government agencies, etc. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 36. the tao of macgyver All the people who All the skills they can might support you. offer your team. What are assets? All the institutions All the associations your people are connected your people are connected to - schools, churches, to - sports leagues, clubs, charities, businesses, bands, professional groups, government agencies, etc. etc. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 37. the tao of macgyver Let’s begin… 1. Call a meeting of your team members, volunteers, supporters, and friends. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 38. the tao of macgyver 2. Ask each person to write down all the people, skills, institutions and associations that your project can depend on. Write one item per card. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 39. the tao of macgyver 3. Separate cards into four different groups and lay them face up so each card’s words are visible. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 40. the tao of macgyver 4. Have everyone glance at all the cards to see what others put down. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 41. the tao of macgyver 5. Go around the room and ask each person to quickly come up with an activity for your project that would involve 2 or more cards. Write them down. Keep going until everyone has offered 2 or 3 ideas. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 42. the tao of macgyver Example 1: Jennie Jennie’s Mom Theater Jennie, a teammate, says her mom owns a movie theater in town. Idea - organize a film night on your issue. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 43. the tao of macgyver Example 2: José Filmmaking School José, a friend, is already a talented filmmaker and produces the school’s TV newscast. Idea - produce a 30- second public service announcement (PSA) on climate change for newscast. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 44. the tao of macgyver Example 3: The Food Merchants Lisa Fare Association Lisa, team leader, works at The Food Fare after school and her boss is the head of the Merchants Association. Idea - work with businesses to enact a town-wide ban on plastic bags. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 45. the tao of macgyver 6. Discuss the proposed activities as a group and see which ones people are most excited about... or which ones will produce the most outcome. (See chapter on Make It Count.) globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 46. the tao of macgyver 7. Take a group vote to decide which activity or activities to move forward with. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 47. the tao of macgyver I GUARANTEE you will be AMAZED at your existing assets - the rich connections you already have. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 48. the tao of macgyver After mapping your assets, it’s all about building relationships between them. Build, build, build! globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 49. the tao of macgyver One final note: asset mapping isn’t just an exercise. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 50. the tao of macgyver It’s a whole mindset you can carry over into all areas of life, the way MacGyver does. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 51. the tao of macgyver Once you’ve mastered The Tao of MacGyver, you will never look at… globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 52. the tao of macgyver situations like this... globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 53. the tao of macgyver and only see poverty... globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 54. the tao of macgyver you will see wealth too. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 55. the tao of macgyver JU S T A S K YO U R S ELF What would MacGyver do? globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 56. the tao of macgyver Good luck! Share your story with us! Click image to visit our community. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 57. the tao of macgyver Check out other chapters... globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 58. the tao of macgyver if you use this toolkit... tell us! post your macguyverism at globalyouth.ning.com. ask for feedback. let us know if this chapter helped you or how it can be improved. download and forward... share this with someone you know. you can download this chapter from slideshare.net subscribe... enter your email address at globalyouth.ning.com to get alerts when more toolkits are posted. globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 59. about the author Charles Tsai is the founder and Executive Director of Global Youth Fund and also works for Ashoka’s Youth Venture as Director of Virtual Program. Previously, he worked at CNN as a reporter and producer. www.charlestsai.com creative activist toolkit thanks The Creative Activist Toolkit is a series of PDF The Creative Visions Foundation booklets designed to help today’s youth The Vancouver Foundation impact the world through creativity and social The Steve Nash Foundation entrepreneurship. Produced by the Global Youth Fund and the Creative Visions Jon and Amy Eldon Turteltaub, Joanne Marien Foundation, the toolkit chapters are offered Elaine Munro, Debbie Riopel, Jaspal Lisa Rai free to download. Email us if you would like Bruce Johnson, Brooke Kuhn, Serge Martin to contribute a chapter. Copyright ©2009 Global Youth Fund credits Feel free to pass this booklet on but you may Amy Eldon Turteltaub Executive Producer not alter the content or charge for it. You may Charles Tsai Managing Director quote brief sections if you credit Global Youth Fund and provide a link to John L. McKnight and John P. Kretzmann of globalyouth.ning.com the Asset-Based Community Development Institute globalyouthfund Creative Activist Toolkit 006
  • 60. Global Youth Fund 550 Pacific Street, Suite 502 Vancouver, BC V6Z 3G2 CANADA Tel: +1 (604) 628-1807 www.globalyouthfund.org