Our work is characterized by boldness, creativity and a commitment to innovation. This blog offers a space to highlight the work of our team members as well as their unique perspectives on ongoing and emerging issues related to homelessness, health and community building.
It goes without saying that audacious goals require teamwork—no group or organization can end homelessness alone. At Community Solutions, we’ve learned that people are naturally motivated to pitch in if they feel like their contributions will make an impact. The bigger and more diverse the team, the greater the change we all make together.
In his column for the New York Times last Thursday (“The Unexamined Society”, July 7, 2011), David Brooks assesses new research on the “psychology of scarcity.” In times of plenty, he argues, people adopt problem-solving approaches aimed at producing long-term benefits. Faced with scarcity, however, the brain can become so preoccupied with immediate demands that it struggles to engage with the complex factors involved in long-term planning.