Asset Mapping

Asset Mapping

Asset mapping is a process of assessing what resources, skills and strengths are available in the group and/or community. Specifically, The Defiance Project uses Asset Mapping as a tool for community creation and engagement. This asset mapping school of thought was developed by Urban Bush Women and their Leadership Institute.

For the purposes of The Defiance Project, an asset map is a condensed social, academic, and professional resume. This resume combines experiences of the past and desires for application of the skills gleaned from these experiences for the future. These applications can manifest themselves in various artistic and practical capacities, so an asset map is not just a resume but also a cache of tools you have to offer and thus a foundation for future plans and collaborations.

Some guidelines to prompt asset mapping are as follows:

-What are the various aspects of your identity, and what relationships/connections have you created based on those aspects?

-What skills and experiences do you have that would serve your current community/project?

-What interests do you have that ground themselves in experiences in your life?

-What communities are you involved with?

-What are the various aspects of your identity, and what relationships/connections have you created based on those aspects?