Daily Bookmarks 10/12/2007

The Bamboo Project Blog: More on Scarcity vs. Abundance Thinking  Annotated

  • More on scarcity, abundance, and organizational culture. This has a great table comparing the two outlooks of scarcity and abundance.
     – post by christyinsdesign
Scarcity Abundance
It’s every man for himself We can work together
I never have time I take time for the things that matter
Mistakes are disasters I can recover and learn from mistakes
Ideas are hard to come by and must be kept secret I can always have a great idea
Our company is lacking Our company has everything it needs to succeed
Look at all the resources we need Look at all the resources we have
The market is full of threats The market is full of opportunities
People are out to get me People are out to help me

I think that it’s this picture of abundance that I find so engaging about the Internet and social media. A lot of people give generously of their time, their expertise and their support to write their own blogs, comment on others, create videos and podcasts and beautiful art that enriches the rest of us. And they do it for nothing.This is abundance thinking. This is a belief that there is an endless flow of ideas and information that we can connect and shape to create new things all the time.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Is the Scarcity Mentality the Biggest Barrier to Social Media in Nonprofits?

  • Although specifically about nonprofits, much of this applies to other organizations as well. Coming from a scarcity outlook is opposed to the abundance mentality of web 2.0 tools. This is part of what needs to change in organizational cultures to really take advantage of the possibilities with new technology.
     – post by christyinsdesign

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