The primary challenge of mapping is ensuring that your asset map stays true to the activation of community members and does not result in a simple directory of names and numbers or a physical map of a neighborhood.
Other challenges and opportunities include:
- Viewing other people and places as asset-based throughout the program. Most people who map assets will be challenged at some point to believe that a person or a place has inherent gifts or abilities that can help future projects.
- Your data will be more valuable if the people you are trying to engage are involved in the implementation and direction of your mapping project. You may have a hard time reaching your projected number of people to engage if the community you are trying to support does not support you in the overall mapping undertaking.
- You will discover a lot of great things about an area once you really start looking for them. Make sure not to lose focus. Your purpose statement will help you succeed within a specific timeframe and for the number of people and/or associations you hope to involve.