The concept of scarcity and how it affects people’s responses to change and a sense of agency
By Livvy Drake
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This above advert (that I shared on LinkedIn) is an example of scarcity, a tool used a lot in marketing as they know it activates our primal instincts. I know, it gets me every time I see a countdown clock or a time deadline.
When I was thinking about using this technique to advertise my workshops, I was thinking about the issue of scarcity in environmental communications and campaigns.
My assistant pointed out that scarcity is being used a lot by the UK Government and in the media (I don’t read or view to protect my mental health) talking about budget cuts, energy shortages etc.
Whilst it may seem that the scarcity of earth’s resources, finite time to make change, could be a driver for change. The Climate Change Coaches suggest that the opposite is actually true.
Charly Cox (Co-Founder of the Climate Change Coaches) dedicates a whole chapter of her book on the topic of scarcity, as well as it appearing on around 20 other pages.
Here’s some points from the book and other sources:
So what is the antidote to this… looking for the abundance and the bigger picture:
- Focusing on and communicating about all the other people who are taking action on climate change, plastics etc
- Stories of action NOT inaction
- Letting go of the need to get it right first time (because there isn’t time) and giving things a go- get piloting ideas and solutions- this isn’t wasting time.
So back to my original post…. In the spirit of abundance, whilst I won’t be doing any more live sessions until March, there are on-demand recordings available for you to watch now.