Pattern #32

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Fair Sharing of Costs and Benefits

The outcomes of much human activity are shared—for better and worse—often in unbalanced ways that generate unfair harms, feelings of entitlement, and denials of the fruits of contribution while interfering with social and ecological feedback dynamics. So support fair distribution of individual and collective benefits and hardships to maintain healthy living systems and foster collective wisdom.

  • Who deserves to receive what benefits – and to bear what costs – of our collective action – and why? What are the assumptions underlying our answers?
  • How can we correct the externalization of costs and the privatization of benefits?
  • In what ways – and to what extent – do we all share the outcomes of human activity, and in what ways do we not?

Going Deeper …

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