Assets Based Community Development or ABCD A Needs Map An Assets Map Local Assets Inventory A Portrait of Gifts Mobilizing Community Assets

A Portrait of Gifts

This exercise offers a way of valuing the capacities and potential contributions of ordinary people. It helps to identify the various gifts that we each have to offer, including:

Gifts of the hand ... or what people can do

Gifts of the head ... or what people know

Gifts of the heart ... or what people care about

In pairs or small groups start to explore the different gifts that each person has to offer. Write down these gifts and make an inventory under the three headings of hand, head and heart.

All these gifts are the assets of people. People are the primary resource that local development can build on. These assets and gifts can be mobilized for local benefit.