ERIC Number: ED481324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Community Asset Mapping. Trends and Issues Alert.
Asset mapping involves documenting tangible and intangible resources of a community viewed as a place with assets to be preserved and enhanced, not deficits to be remedied. Kretzmann and McKnight (1993) are credited with developing the concept of asset-based community development (ABCD) that draws on appreciative inquiry; recognition of social capital; participatory approaches to development based on principles of empowerment and ownership; collaborative economic development models that place priority on making the best use of a community's resource base; and efforts to strengthen civil society by engaging people as citizens rather than clients. The ABCD process involves the community in making an inventory of assets and capacity, building relationships, developing a vision of the future, and leveraging internal and external resources to support actions to achieve it. Barriers to ABCD may be lack of process, lack of time, resistant agencies/professionals, or negative attitudes and fear on the part of marginalized and powerless groups. Recent projects are changing the focus from community development to community building. (Contains an annotated bibliography of 24 resources that can help adult and community educators use asset mapping for program planning.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Annotated Bibliographies, Citizen Participation, Community Action, Community Development, Community Education, Community Planning, Community Resources, Community Surveys, Economic Development, Empowerment, Futures (of Society), Participative Decision Making, Program Development, Social Capital
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.