We live in a society where success and failure are measured in terms of economic profit and loss. Although these definitions are sometimes necessary they become problematic when we apply them to situations that cannot be evaluated in economic terms. Material things such as roads, street lights, school buildings, are community assets that lend themselves to an economic calculus. So as societies we make plans to provide these assets because there is a tangible value present. If we understand that public infrastructure is an asset to be cultivated then shouldn’t we recognize our most obvious assets? As communities how do we cultivate, reward and recognize PEOPLE?
Angie Johnson is a Detroit Asset