What I’m learning at the University isn’t just about getting it right for a test or writing the most amazing academic paper. For me, it’s about engaging with the material in a way that will be beneficial and influential both now and in the future.
It’s the end of the semester and one project is almost completed (just a final presentation on Monday). The simplified version of what we needed to do was make a map of an area highlighting the assets in that community. The focus was about changing the way we view a community from what it is lacking, to what it has to offer. Since we compiled ours on Google Maps, you can view the project here: East Perth Asset Map.I’m sharing this because I thought some of you might appreciate this virtual tour of our area. We have been living in East Perth for about 4 months and this project changed the way I view this community. It allowed me to see below the surface and look at different assets through the lens of different people. The asset based approach view has limitations because you can miss some of the larger problems or holes if you only focus on the positives but even with that in mind, assets are a wonderful way to approach any community. Being able to see what people have to offer and the potentials are a beautiful way to start a bigger conversation about growth and development.
In the future I hope to use what I’ve learned to make an asset map for the Wheatbelt and the rural communities where we would love to be working in the future. It will take time but seeing the assets in these places and having conversations around growing the good things that are already present in these communities has the potential of being a bridge to the hope that so many are desperately seeking.