|Assets Based Community Development or ABCD A Needs Map An Assets Map Local Assets Inventory A Portrait of Gifts Mobilizing Community Assets||
Compiling a Local Assets Inventory
The initial mapping of needs and assets is designed to shift the focus of attention from needs to assets. The next step it to make a more comprehensive inventory of local assets so that community members know what they have to start with to begin to activate new development pathways.
Inventory of physical resources
Using local knowledge, government data and observation:
Inventory of businesses
Using data from local government and business organizations as well as local knowledge:
Inventory of associations
Using data from government sources and local knowledge:
Inventory of institutions
Using local knowledge and government sources:
Inventory of people
Using government statistics and data compiled by the local municipality:
Using the Portrait of Gifts exercise find out what other skills and passions local resident possess.
Inventory of practices
Use the Local Economic Inventory to identify the economic pracitces that people engage in.
Depending on the resources at hand, the Local Assets Inventory can be comprehensive and generate a lot of information, or it can be more indicative of what further study might find. The main point of this exercise is to see that there are always local assets that can be drawn into the development process.
This powerpoint display shows how the Linamon community documented their assets.
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the data collection task. Use the Assets Inventory as a way of finding out more about your community and working with others to re-value what you have.