“Assuming scarcity as a your opening move is a road to limited and limiting potential”.
Starting from a scarcity mindset versus one of abundance, curiosity, and generosity can be one of the greatest limitations a network faces. It assumes the lack of capability and thus eliminates options and possibilities before you even begin a conversation. This kind of thinking works in direct opposition to the promise of a network with it’s immense capacity, diversity, and resources.
In this blog post, Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) looks at the scarcity mindset and its ability to stifle creativity, innovation, and the emergence of new possibilities. He also looks at how scarcity thinking affects the culture, energy, and internal beliefs of a network.
While a quick read, this blog post challenges network leaders to once more approach their work from a mindset of abundance and generosity. This is an excellent article for leaders looking at the health of their network and wanting to spur discussion and reflection.
Curtis Ogden. Network: Overcoming Scarcity Mindsets and Practice. Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog. December 3, 2018.