A student at a nonprofit school of management told me that they are learning a lot about how to operate under conditions of scarcity – because that’s what the nonprofit sector is like.
The catch is that if you start with the notion of scarcity and how to cope with it, that’s your mindset. Money is scarce, it’s a zero sum game, you see constraints all around you. You’re being taught to operate within a broken system.
Let’s break this system (that includes the schools with this mindset). Let’s reinforce in our students a mindset of abundance, of possibility, of agency. And then let’s rip out all the classes and lectures about scarcity and replace them with lectures from the best fundraisers and executive directors and philanthropists we can find – so we can give students the tools to create these conditions of abundance.