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Potential generally refers to a currently unrealized ability. The term is used in a wide variety of fields, from physics to the social sciences to indicate things that are in a state where they are able to change in ways ranging from the simple release of energy by objects to the realization of abilities in people. The philosopher Aristotle incorporated this concept into his theory of potentiality and actuality, a pair of closely connected principles which he used to analyze motion, causality, ethics, and physiology in his Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, and De Anima, which is about the human psyche. That which is potential can theoretically be made actual by taking the right action; for example, a boulder on the edge of a cliff has potential to fall that could be actualized by pushing it over the edge. Several languages have a potential mood, a grammatical construction that indicates that something is potential. These include Finnish, Japanese, and Sanskrit.

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Organizations relating to Potential

Integrated Spatial Potential Initiative for Renewables in Europe / Didcot, UK
Global Potential / New York NY, USA
Big Brothers Big Sisters International / Irving TX, USA / Est. 1998

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World Problems relating to Potential

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Stagnated development of agricultural production
Marginal level of family income
Shortage of entrepreneurial ability
Social disaffection of the young
Bureaucratic inaction

Action Strategies relating to Potential

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Sustaining community morale
Catalyzing awakened potentiality
Developing community leadership
Providing corporate engagement potential
Locating avenues of leadership potential
Pushing decision-making into reality
Demonstrating deliberative systems locally
Engaging future leadership potential
Revealing potential destiny
Recognizing opportunities
Developing bulk purchasing scheme
Appealing to the moral potential of the person
Accepting community dependency

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