Over the subsequent two weeks, we’re all going to be topic to a tidal wave of messages that may slot in a framework of “us vs. them,” “winners and losers,” and enjoying on a worry of shedding management or energy. Political advertisements in at present’s setting paint an correct image of a mindset of shortage: there’s solely a lot energy to go round so we should battle for what’s ours and take from others to get what we deserve.
As we speak I’m happy to share one other perspective, impressed by some ideas supplied final week by Cindy Huff of McCook, one of many Board members of Nebraska Group Basis, within the McCook newspaper and on the NCF web site.
NCF is steeped in abundance pondering; the other of that mindset of shortage. “Asset-Based mostly Group Growth” analysis has discovered that when folks or communities concentrate on belongings, not deficits,the capability goes up and the entire is WAY greater than the sum of the components. So the “ABCD math equation” has discovered that 2+2=5 in these locations!
Right here’s how Cindy put it: “Via the affiliation with the Nebraska Group Basis, I started to see the potential of ‘what might be’ as an alternative of the widespread mindset about our lack of sources, lack of inventive management, or simply plain apathy that may change into troublesome to our local people organizations.”
Whereas it’s not the instance Cindy is speaking about, her feedback are a fantastic comparability between the mindset of asset-based worldview that exists in Nebraska neighborhood growth and zero-sum worldview that comes from nationwide politics at present.