Uncovering and Mobilizing Partners and Resources You Didn’t Know You Had HandoutDocument Transcript
SIMPLE ASSET MAPPING EXERCISE
Everyone has assets. Unfortunately, we learn ways to hide them so that they go unused and eventually they atrophy. The
more spiritual among us sometimes prefer to think about assets as “gifts” that fall into three general categories:
Gifts of the head – things you know about (birds, movies, art history)
Gifts of the hands – things you know how to do (carpentry, gardening, cooking)
Gifts of the heart – things you care deeply about (environment, education)
1. Identify five assets.
2. Print each asset on a separate index card.
3. Try to identify assets in multiple categories from the descriptions below
What are some gifts or assets you might take
What are some assets that allow you to
What are some assets you dislike, but rely
What did you used to be good at?
What are some assets you use only on
What are some “far-away” assets?
Surprising groups of people?
Professional contacts you can access
Skills you use in family life
What kinds of culture and recreation do you
What’s the craziest thing you do?
What’s the most unusual group in the
Talents, experience, perspectives and skills
What do you care about?
What do you know about?
What can you do?
Who do you know?
Be as specific as possible
Look for unique skills and knowledge
Formal or informal voluntary groups,
networks and organizations of individuals
who gather to do or enjoy something they
cannot do alone
What groups are you part of?
What groups do you know about?
Public and private
Businesses, nonprofit agencies, government,
What institutions do you do business with?
What institutions do you have something in
What is something you spend money on?
What’s something you make or do that
people would pay you for?
Where do you invest your money?
Unique economic assets to your
Things you can touch, see or feel
Natural resources, buildings, space,
Try to identify as many unique assets as
Adapted from the book The Power of Asset Mapping
by Luther K. Snow (ISBN: 156699294X)
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