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I’ve shamelessly pinched the title of one of this week’s RSA events for today’s blog. But for good reason – it is absolutely relevant to the recovery world and I wanted to highlight it to our growing number of followers.

Social mapping is all the rage these days. We incorporate it wherever we can because we have long bought into the idea that understanding social networks and relationships between individuals, groups, communities, and organisations is the key to changing lives, reinvigorating communities and increasing well-being.

Our thing at the moment is specifically around social network analysis. My colleague Gaia Marcus and I have been working on the data from the Recovery Capital project for some weeks to understand how individuals are (or aren’t in most cases) accessing various elements of recovery capital across Peterborough. And where they are accessing it, we're trying to understand what has more impact on a person’s recovery journey – in both positive and negative terms.

For those of you who have seen me recently, this partly explains the constant furrow in my brow. It’s hard work this mapping malarkey.

But it will pay off. The idea that recovery can be contagious has quickly become a universal truth – well, it’s on its way. But how do you clear the path to make it easier for anyone and everyone? The national recovery walks are a great path-clearer on a big scale.

We’re interested in seeing how these paths will be cleared at an individual and local group level. We’re going to be getting all creative in the Recovery Capital project in the coming months. We’re going to be working with local people in recovery to come up with easy to use recovery network maps (what do you think of this early go?) that will show us where the road works are needed and what road signs will help with better and safer navigation.

Watch this space to find out how we get on...

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