Asset Maps

James Hampson
@james-hampson
2 years ago
2 posts

Hello ABCD Fellows,

|I've got a question about Asset Maps. Once you've completed an asset mapping exercise how do you share that with the community?

Do you use any specific online tools? We've used google maps but the updates have made this a little temperamental for wider use and limits the possibility of crowd sourcing updates from the community

Do you have a physical map? How is this shared with the whole community?

We're looking for a simple mapping tool that can easily be shared and updated between everyone in the community? Any Ideas :-)


updated by @james-hampson: 10/24/16 06:43:22PM
John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
2 years ago
31 posts

Hi James. Depending at what scale you are defining community, I am not convinced that a comprehensive, community-wide asset map is an effective exercise from a strategic point of view. I prefer starting with identifying multiple goals that folks are committed to achieving, and then mapping, connecting, and mobilizing the assets of smaller groups of stakeholders to achieve specific outcomes. Maps change constantly, so an archived document will lose value even with periodic updating.

Dan Duncan
@dan-duncan
last year
10 posts

James, sorry so long in responding.

I would suggest that asset mapping must be done by community members themselves, so it is shared through personal connections. From my perspective asset mapping is a process of Identifying people's gifts and passions, asking them to share their gifts with their neighbors based on their passions and connecting people with the same passions to act collectively.

For you information here is a link to myAsset Mapping Toolkit.

James Hampson
@james-hampson
last year
2 posts

Thanks Dan,

I possibly haven't been very clear in my description. We are working with community members to identify and connect individuals gifts and passions as well as those of associations and institutions.

My question is is there a tool that can be used to easily view and share the information we collect? Similar to the diagrams in your tool kit where assets are identified by dots on a map of the neighbourhood, I'm looking for an online tool that communities can use to collect and identify the assets they find and share that easily? Does that make more sense?

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
last year
125 posts

Hi James -

I'm not aware of a one-size-fits-all tool that can share all of a community's asset online. So here are some random thoughts....

The first thing that comes to mind for sharing individual gifts and talents is timebank. That would rely on individuals to each sign up and share their individual gifts and talents.

There are some other online social networking kind of spaces, such as NextDoor.

You can look through some of these discussionsto see if there's something here that might fit what you're looking for...

I seem to recall hearing about someone else who is thinking about this, but I can't recall who that is... If I remember who that is, I'll let you know... (sorry, that's not much help, is it? LOL)

Ron Dwyer-Voss
@ron-dwyer-voss
last year
47 posts

Hi James,

The best I have seen for your purposes is Google Maps. As you have pointed out, that has limits. BatchGeo works well too. I like Google because you can use a variety of icons to represent individuals, associations and institutions. Batchgeo on the other hand has a more attractive and simpler output. Google Maps is a little easier to crowdsource, but you have to share login, etc.

Ron

Pat Kennedy
@pat-kennedy
7 months ago
1 posts

Hi, I am looking to build a phone app which can help communities undertake an asset audit of their area. I am dividing the concept of community development into categories and subcategories and then I wish to have a list of associated assets that people should watching out for. Does anyone know where I might find a suggested list of community "assets". Thanks


updated by @pat-kennedy: 11/02/16 02:03:59PM
John Hamerlinck
@john-hamerlinck
7 months ago
31 posts

Pat, go to the ABCD Institute website and see the "asset mapping tools" section of the Tool Kit http://www.abcdinstitute.org/toolkit/index.html

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