Underutilization of potential in local communities

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Untapped community resources
Underuse of community power
Unrecognized community assets
Unimaginative vision of community possibilities

The useful and creative human potential available in many small communities tends to remain untapped because there is no vehicle for getting the skills to where they are needed. Lack of public appreciation conveys the idea that it is unimportant to spend time and effort providing benefits to the community. The wisdom, skills and enthusiasm of youth and senior citizens are given few structural outlets, while there is a decline in organizational management and business expertise that commercial expansion requires. Organizational resources are untapped and often there is little knowledge of available training opportunities.


[Developing countries] Insufficient use is made of the local resources within developing countries and inadequate encouragement is given to local firms to develop their own indigenous skills. Foreign currency is expended on equipment and services for which support, in terms of maintenance facilities, training and spares, is insufficient.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
14.10.2020 – 18:26 CEST