Asset Mapping Tools

Mapping tools are available to download as PDF files.

Introduction to Capacity Inventories, Kretzmann and McKnight, 1993.

The Capacity Inventory, Kretzmann and McKnight, 1993.

How to Use the Capacity Inventory, Kretzmann and McKnight, 1993.


ABCD Resource Kit 

From our Asia-Pacific ABCD Network, this resource kit, titled Shifting Focus: Alternative Pathways for Communities and Economies, details the community partnering process used by the Latrobe City Council and Monash University, both in Australia. The kit includes documented examples of how positives can be found in negative situations and will assist communities to establish micro-economic communities in their local area using people as their major resource.

Click on each link to download in four parts as PDF files:

ABCD Resource Kit Introduction

ABCD Resource Kit Part 1

ABCD Resource Kit Part 2

ABCD Resource Kit Appendices


Workbook: “Mapping Community Assets Workbook – Strengthening Community Education: The Basis for Sustainable Renewal” by Diane Dorfman – a 15-page workbook for understanding and mapping community assets. Contributed by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

Instructional: “Asset Mapping: Eight Steps to Increase and Support Residential Engagement” Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Instructional Exercises:

The purpose of these exercises is to demonstrate the wide variety of resources we have available to address an issue, beyond the services agencies offer. Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan


Board Games

Board Game: The "We Can" Game - Instructions and Guidelines for Playing

Board Game Game Cards

Capacity cards formatted to be printed on pre-cut business cards. There are 10 sheets of capacity cards (100) and two sheets of blanks (320).

Board Game Corner Cards

Corner sorting cards (four)

A fun and engaging way to identify the gifts and capacities of a group of people. Contributed by ABCD faculty member Cormac Russell.

"Cormac Russell has invented a captivating 'game' that can flip negativity into an exploration of possibility - quickly - with groups of all sizes. It is quite remarkable. And it can be played with everyone! All sizes, shapes, ages, abilities. Basically, people work in small groups of about 10 ideally. There could be many groups playing simultaneously in a room." –Jack Pearpoint

Board Game: The “12 Domains for People Powered Change” Game

An engaging activity that asks the questions, "What can citizens do to create change, what can people do only with professionals and government and what can only government and professionals do to create change across 12 People powered domains? Contributed by ABCD faculty member Cormac Russell.

Worksheet: Inupiaq Capacity Inventory

A capacity inventory designed specifically for an indigenous Alaskan community. An example of how the assets need to fit the community.

Block Connector Questionnaire

An example of questions used to collect information by a block connector in the Abundant Community Initiative, Edmonton, Canada. Contributed by Howard Lawrence.