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Harnessing Community Assets: Stories from Applecross

Those who’ve been following the ‘Assets, health and the power of the narrative’ thread might remember the discussion around stories versus statistics, and how a community’s ‘story’ might be constructed. This seemed to strike chords with a few folk and, talking this over with a few CoP members, it seemed that gathering different experiences of asset mapping, from within the same…See More
Aug 7, 2012
Gill Musk added a discussion to the group Mapping Community Assets
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Harnessing Community Assets: Stories from Applecross

Those who’ve been following the ‘Assets, health and the power of the narrative’ thread might remember the discussion around stories versus statistics, and how a community’s ‘story’ might be constructed. This seemed to strike chords with a few folk and, talking this over with a few CoP members, it seemed that gathering different experiences of asset mapping, from within the same…See More
Aug 6, 2012
Lorna Prescott replied to Gill Musk's discussion Building a resource bank… in the group Mapping Community Assets
"Hi Gill There's some interesting activity going on in Manchester (see http://forevermanchester.com/news/community-builder-blog/) and Gary and James recently shared this helpful post from a convening of community network builders in Miami:…"
Jun 18, 2012
Will Golding commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Ah, also, its not necessarily telling different stories of 'community', but certainly one for collective memory, check out this video, its great: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GeIJCRVg5Q"
Jun 4, 2012
Will Golding commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Great! I'm enjoying how this discussion is progressing. I see how practical possibilities for good listening and diverse storysharing could come from decoding, particularly with good local codes. the Adult Learning Project in Edinburgh…"
Jun 3, 2012
Gill Musk replied to Gill Musk's discussion Building a resource bank… in the group Mapping Community Assets
"Hi Lorna Thanks for your message and great that you are happy to share what emerges from the work you're doing - all sounds really interesting and valuable. Enjoyed looking at the East Coseley website and at the alternative ways of involving…"
May 30, 2012
Gill Musk commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Some might be interested in this article, written by one of the participants in the public health event in March - http://www.politicsfirst.org.uk/2012/improving-health/ - gives a clear overview of some of the challenges and opportunities facing…"
May 30, 2012
Lorna Prescott replied to Gill Musk's discussion Building a resource bank… in the group Mapping Community Assets
"Hi Gill I'm really keen to be involved in activity to pull together useful resources and share ideas and practice. We're just starting things in Dudley, it's really exciting, and there are three areas of work I know of (and am…"
May 29, 2012
A discussion started by Gill Musk was featured

Assets and the power of the narrative

In case anyone's missed them, some interesting comments from Will Golding at Cadispa on the power of stories v stats and constructing a community narrative - http://fieryspirits.com/profiles/blogs/assets-health-and-the-power-of-the-narrative.See More
May 29, 2012
Susan Pettie replied to Gill Musk's discussion Assets and the power of the narrative in the group Mapping Community Assets
"We've been working with the power of narrative and culture change in relation to low income thriving in an urban area. Though some say Govan is like an isolated island in the midst of the city. Govan Together was a collaborative climate change…"
May 28, 2012
Gill Musk commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Just finished an interview with a community member up in Applecross. Quote (unprompted!): "There's a lot of this 'telling the story' about at the moment... I actually find it very annoying as there's more than one…"
May 21, 2012
Gill Musk commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Really enjoyable and thought-provoking links - thanks both. This has made me think again about how so much depends on who is asking the questions / requesting the stories and how they are framed. I did some work a few years ago on an…"
May 19, 2012
A blog post by Gill Musk was featured

Assets, health and the power of the narrative

Last week, Nick Wilding and I were invited to a meeting of the North of Scotland Public Health Network, to share our work on assets and community resilience. The event was aimed at helping professionals get to grips with how assets approaches might be implemented in the public health sphere, particularly in rural contexts, following Chief Medical Officer Harry Burns' challenge to think and act differently. The organisers had worked hard to take an assets approach to the design of the day, with…See More
May 18, 2012
Will Golding commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Ah, i forgot to add this link too. It's a great article from someone i knew in London discussing this topic. Could be of interest particularly to rural communities in regards to the pervasive issue of young people living and not coming…"
May 17, 2012
Will Golding commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Hi Gill and Lorna, Thanks Lorna for the link. Some cracking quotes and stories on what Chimamanda was saying. And yes, I think this plays into this discussion very relevantly. I see what you mean Gill about the potential for homogenising and…"
May 17, 2012
Lorna Prescott commented on Gill Musk's blog post Assets, health and the power of the narrative
"Hi both This is a really interesting and useful discussion. I too like the angle of considering what is the community's story and how is it constructed. While not directly about our sort of work, I found lots of useful parallels in relation to…"
May 17, 2012

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Assets, health and the power of the narrative

Last week, Nick Wilding and I were invited to a meeting of the North of Scotland Public Health Network, to share our work on assets and community resilience. The event was aimed at helping professionals get to grips with how assets approaches might be implemented in the public health sphere, particularly in rural contexts, following Chief Medical Officer Harry Burns' challenge to think and act differently. The organisers had worked hard to take an assets approach to the design of the day,…

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Posted on April 6, 2012 at 16:00 — 11 Comments

New resource on assets approaches published - 'What Makes Us Healthy?'

'What Makes Us Healthy? The asset approach in practice: evidence, action evaluation' (Foot 2012) is now available as a free download on Jane Foot's website - www.janefoot.co.uk/page3/index.html

The follow up to 'A Glass Half Full' (Foot & Hopkins 2010), the publication "will inspire and support those who want to look again at what they are doing to improve health and wellbeing…

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Posted on March 20, 2012 at 8:57

Today's Guardian Q&A and asset mapping

Did anyone catch the Guardian's live online Q&A this afternoon, on funding community action? The participants and expert panel covered some interesting ground... the challenges and opportunities of service and asset transfer predictably among the hot topics. You can still view the discussion here -…

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Posted on February 14, 2012 at 16:41

Mapping Community Assets

Hi everyone



I’m writing to let you know about the launch of a new topic group – Mapping Community Assets. This builds on the work done by members of this CoP, my colleagues at IACD, Carnegie and others, leading to the publication of ‘Appreciating Assets’. The report seems to have struck chords as well as raising questions... and quite a few people have told us they’d welcome more insights into how asset mapping happens in practice.



I'm delighted to be the new Carnegie…

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Posted on January 30, 2012 at 9:23 — 4 Comments

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At 10:49 on March 2, 2012, Ann Clark said…

Dear Gill,

glad you think the toolkit could be useful.........I was just involved in the pilot to develop the approach, the Park decided to use the local CVS to deliver the approach in the other communities on a long term basis so for an up to date position contact Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey. However I think the main issue is that our experience was that using an assets approach still meant dealing with all the usual issues one comes up against in any community planning process - principally getting other than the 'usual faces' involved and dealing with power issues within and across communities. Hence our approach involved focus groups and questionnaires as well as community events to try and offer a variety of ways for people to express a view. We did get feedback that the community events led to some of the best discussions of issues people had experienced and I think this is because taking an Appreciative Inquiry and assets approach put people in a positive frame of mind from the start. Hope this is of some help..........if there are particular questions you want to explore further probably best to chat on the phone.........?

At 10:49 on January 31, 2012, Jethro Jeffery said…

I am developing ways to map activity within voluntary organisations so that strategic planning (in local authority, health, CPP, etc.) can incorporate this vast array of work into delivery models. Lead organisations are offering portrayals of their service user experiences, to which others are identifying things that they contribute to the process. Fine in theory, but it requires a lot of pushing to get people to provide their information - I suspect the "pay-out" is too distant and uncertain to motivate people.

Happy to share ideas on this topic

Jethro

At 19:24 on June 20, 2011, David Grant said…
Welcome to Firey Spirits!
Debi and I will see you in Lisbon!

David

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