Uncovering and Mobilizing Partners and Resources You Didn’t Know You Had Handout


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Uncovering and Mobilizing Partners and Resources You Didn’t Know You Had Handout

  1. 1. 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 Digging Deeper  What are some gifts or assets you might take for granted?  What are some assets that allow you to survive?  What are some assets you dislike, but rely on anyway?  What did you used to be good at?  What are some assets you use only on special occasions?  What are some “far-away” assets?  Special places?  Surprising groups of people? Think Bigger  Professional contacts you can access  Skills you use in family life  Historical assets?  What kinds of culture and recreation do you enjoy?  What’s the craziest thing you do?  What’s the most unusual group in the community? Individual  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 Associations  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? Institutions  Public and private  Businesses, nonprofit agencies, government, schools  What institutions do you do business with?  What institutions do you have something in common with? Economic  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 community? Physical  Things you can touch, see or feel  Natural resources, buildings, space, equipment, objects  Be specific  Try to identify as many unique assets as possible Adapted from the book The Power of Asset Mapping by Luther K. Snow (ISBN: 156699294X)
  2. 2. For more information, updates on future related events, or to purchase the book (just $15.00!), please visit: http://mncampuscompact.org/abcd/ “This book is a treasure chest of experience and advice from the best theorists and practitioners in the field. Invaluable.” - John McKnight, Co-Director, Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University “Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education represents an invaluable new resource for grassroots leaders and university scholars committed to resident-led revitalization in distressed communities. It highlights an impressive set of town- gown partnerships whose leaders have used Kretzmann and McKnight’s asset-based approach to community development to transcend the formidable racial, class, religious, age, and gender barriers that often undermine efforts to build more equitable, sustainable, and democratic communities. If you add just one volume to your engaged scholarship library this year – it should be this book!” - Kenneth M. Reardon, Professor in City and Regional Planning, The University of Memphis “The experiences described in the essays and case studies in this book bring the principles of asset-based community engagement to life. Many of us in the field espouse ABCD, but until now there has not been enough in our literature that really demonstrates how its principles can be put into practice. The authors of the well-written essays and case studies in this book generously share their successes, failures, and lessons they have learned in ways that encourage us to critically examine and enhance our own practices. I found the book to be inspiring and also practical. It is an enjoyable read, too.” -Barbara Jacoby, Faculty Associate, Leadership & Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland A New Book from Minnesota Campus Compact Contributing authors include: Maria Avila, Atum Azzahir, Richard Battistoni, Tara Bengle, Rachel Cleaves, Jeff Corn, Mike Green, Nicholas Longo, Carolyn McAndrews, Keith Morton, Luther K. Snow, Janni Sorensen, and Byron P. White.