Scarcity to Abundance

Shifting your thinking about consuming, ecology, economics and choices
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How to shift from Scarcity thinking to Abundance thinking
How to make choices when you have endless possibilities


  • No requirements - just a curious and open mind


Life is abundant, but we are stuck in a scarcity frame. When we think and act from this frame of scarcity, we use the wrong strategies to deal with global challenges such as our ecological and economic crises. In this course, we will explore how to approach these challenges from an abundance frame, and what an economics of abundance would look like.

In our private lives, we are also confronted with an abundance of choices and possibilities. I outline two strategies to help us enjoy this abundance instead of being overwhelmed by it. What would it be like to experience our lives as giving rather than taking? What does it take to feel truly rich?

By exploring these clearly presented topics, you will learn to give shape to your individual life, as well as to our global, communal future, from a frame of abundance.

I have spent more than twenty years thinking and writing about scarcity and abundance, and hope these key concepts and insights will help you.

Who this course is for:

  • interested in understanding our world
  • interested in shifting their perspective

Course content

6 sections25 lectures1h 24m total length
  • The course in one minute: from scarcity to abundance
  • Scarcity and Abundance
  • Core concepts and arguments: TV talk on Scarcity and Abundance 2018
  • Lecture 4: We need to shift to an abundance mindset to solve global problems


Philosopher and author
Karim Benammar, Ph.D.
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        Karim Benammar is a philosopher specialized in Thinking Techniques and  the Philosophy of Abundance. His vision is to help people think about the paradigm shift from scarcity to abundance,  about giving meaning to their life, and about creating value. 

        Of mixed Dutch-Algerian ancestry, Benammar grew up in Holland before going  to study philosophy in England (BA, Sussex University, 1987) and the  United States (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1993). Fascinated by  Japan, he continued his philosophy studies at the University of Kyoto.  He was Associate Professor at Kobe University from 1996-2002 and at  Amsterdam University  of Applied Sciences from 2003 to 2007. 

        Since 2002, he has focused  on public philosophy, giving lectures and workshops to organisations  and companies.

        He is author of Abundance (2005), Reframing - the art of Thinking Differently (2013) and editor of the collection Thinking about Money and Value (2014, in Dutch).