Scarcity and Abundance

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Scarcity and Abundance

On the cusp of unforeseen abundance, local economies can feel short of water, energy, talent, land and leadership. Swings in supply and demand happen quicker. Chambers must be nimble problem solvers.

Dig Deeper


The Coming Jobs War; Jim Clifton

  • Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton describes why leaders of countries and cities should focus on creating good jobs because as jobs go, so does the fate of nations

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think; Peter H. Diamandis

  • Why we’ll soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet.

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future; Martin Ford

  • As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary.
Ask Yourself


  • What perceived scarcities in your region can be repositioned to highlight a related abundance? – e.g. shortage of developable greenfield space creates “natural” drive for infill development and walkable living.
  • Since people and talent are the new inventory for economic development and investment decisions, what aspects of your workforce and talent pool are abundant, but largely unidentified or misunderstood.
Ask Yourself


Has your organization implemented new ideas inspired by the Horizon Initiative? Email notes about your innovation to to share with the chamber industry. Be sure to include links.