Resources

Resources

Both scarcity and abundance of resources – which includes human and material resources – can be crucial drivers of social change, but can also cause imbalance within society. Availability of resources can either facilitate or hinder change. Some resources can be the driving force behind complex and influential processes. Without understanding such relationships, meaningful intervention in the related systems is not possible. The dynamic processes which are driven by certain resources and the impact of a resource’s scarcity or abundance must be better understood in order to manage the resources more effectively. The goal is to make positive use of these potential drivers and use them as an instrument for change. Social perspectives and value systems play an important role in the assessment of resources, which in turn are themselves often influenced indirectly by resource scarcity or abundance. Hence, understanding the various resources (from individual competencies to material goods and social structures) is the crucial resource to be fit for change.