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What's Changing? - Sufficiency



Please see below selected recent sufficiency-related change.


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February 2020


May 2019


March 2019

  • Big Think argued that many people have "scarcity mindsets" because of their inability to pay their bills. US 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, outspoken proponent of a basic income, argued that losing America's middle class puts the national brain trust at risk. In a scarcity mindset, functional bandwidth decreases, while the opposite of a mindset of scarcity is a mindset of abundance.


August 2018

  • Asserting that money must connect to your soul, activist Lynne Twist sought the truth of her relationship with “scarcity” and “sufficiency” in a series of encounters with people at the extremes of poverty, wealth, fame and anonymity. She found inspiration and resistance in the scenarios she shares from her 50 years as a global activist and a fundraiser for the Hunger Project.
  • Once the five basic needs listed below are met, further affluence and accumulation of goods do not necessarily correlate with a higher quality of life.
  • Sweden fascinates, from its seemingly largely successful embracing of a political "third way", through to its national values of transparency, simplicity and a deep-rooted link to the country's rural roots which is still reflected in many people's surnames. There may be a Swedish equivalent of kanyini and there is also the growing popularity of lagom - could having just enough be "the new black?"
  • Against this background, a new lifestyle is reportedly quietly becoming popular in Japan. Some think this way of living, called the "Half-Farmer/Half-X" lifestyle, has the potential to significantly reduce or gradually solve these other problems, and to help the nation realise a more attractive and diverse future. So should other countries currently suffering similar problems to Japan start to examine such a societal model, and what might they look like in 10, 20, 50 years time if they did?
  • At the same time, many are now not only imagining but also actively working towards "an economy designed to promote not unchecked growth, but a steady state of wellbeing", characterised by gratitude. They believe that such an economy must come to realisation through the most far-seeing entrepreneurs of our time, from people who dare to think beyond the confines of the old box.
  • This was also effectively the central theme of a major social entrepreneurs' forum, which strove to create partnerships, networks, knowledge and collaborative pathways between the social, policy, academic and private sectors.