What it’s all about
See the richness of a community. When resources are not recognized and (human) potential is not used, community mapping helps to identify, at the same time revealing community in its richness.
One of the origins of community mapping lies in making seen the natural and cultural interrelations and the resulting protection of such ecosystems and cultural areas. Originally used as an instrument of urban and rural planning, illustrating socio-demographic contexts, community mapping is now increasingly used as a participatory process for communities with social, ecological and economic objectives (for example, to promote local or regional economies), revitalize the commons and/or raising awareness of existing (natural and) social resources.
Why community mapping is used
The application possibilities of community mapping are manifold. Community mapping serves community development, among other things when it comes to
• introducing the community by making it more familiar, in particular to better understand the various actors, relationships and connections within a community;
• promoting participation;
• analysing the resources, possibilities (potentials), challenges and ambitions of a community;
• highlighting the possibilities of community designing;
• transforming a community;
• integrating new community members;
• educating young people about the possibilities of community-relevant engagement (service learning);
• building a local or regional economy and thus
• becoming part of a bioregion;
For whom community mapping is useful
Community mapping is an integrative participatory process, among others for
• Representatives of neighbourhoods, municipalities, cities and regions
• Experts, e.g. from community, urban and regional development, social work, integration and youth work
• New community members
• Youth and senior citizens
• People who are interested in community development and bioregions
Methods and scope
It is of importance – and dependable on the topic – to look at a community as comprehensibly as possible. That is why in such processes, care is taken that all residents are well represented in their concerns.
In addition to classic community mapping, various elements of working with large and small groups are used.
Depth and extent are adapted to the request.