Pattern #43

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Healthy Competition / Cooperation Dynamics

Cooperative dynamics generate power-with that channels collective energies towards shared accomplishment. But cooperative dynamics can also undermine diversity and initiative. Competitive dynamics can promote quality improvement and choice — but they can also promote domination and harm. So understand and wisely weave together the healthy dynamics of both.

  • What does competition contribute to the development and quality of life? What are its pitfalls, dangers, and downsides – and when do they show up? How can we best work with these dynamics?
  • What does cooperation contribute to the development and quality of life? What are its pitfalls, dangers, and downsides – and when do they show up? How can we best work with these dynamics?
  • In what ways can competition contribute to cooperation? Do you know examples of that?
  • In what ways can cooperation contribute to competition? Do you know examples of that
  • How can we best use competition and cooperation to co-create vibrantly sustainable communities and civilizations on Earth?

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