Asset based community development grew out of the earlier organizing models pioneered by Saul Alinsky and Jane Adams as well as the community development movement. It's priority is to bring light to as well as utilize the strengths that a community has.
The idea of Asset Based Community Development surrounds six categories that every community possesses:
1)The gifts, talents, skills, and passions of individuals within that community; 2) The associations in which individuals participate in with no expectation of compensation; 3) The institutions individuals associate with as paid professionals; 4) The physical assets; 5) The economic resources; and 6) The community stories.
They describe three steps for harnessing these assets: 1) Find them (They offer ‘asset mapping’ as a way to do this); 2) Connect them; 3) Harness them to a hopeful vision of the future.
Researched and produced by: UMN Center for Intergrative Leadership, Spring 2012.
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