Category Archives: Cooperation

Cultural group selection and human cooperation: a conceptual and empirical review

Cultural group selection has been proposed as an explanation for humans’ highly cooperative nature. This theory argues that social learning mechanisms, combined with rewards and punishment, can stabilize any group behavior, cooperative or not. Equilibrium selection can then operate, resulting in cooperative groups … Continue reading

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Global Cooperation depends on the strength of Local Connections

The story of humanity is one of extraordinary cooperation but also terrible conflict. We come together to build cities, civilizations, and cultures, but we also destroy these through violence against each other and degradation of our environment. Given that human … Continue reading

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In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration. Collaboration happens around some kind of plan or structure, while cooperation presumes the freedom of individuals to join and participate. Cooperation is a driver of creativity. Stephen Downes commented here on the differences: collaboration means … Continue reading

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Social interaction and teamwork lead to human intelligence

Scientists have discovered proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes can be driven by cooperation and teamwork, shedding new light on the origins of what it means to be human. The idea that social interactions underlie the … Continue reading

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Cooperation and the evolution of intelligence

The high levels of intelligence seen in humans, other primates, certain cetaceans, and birds remain a major puzzle for evolutionary biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists. It has long been held that social interactions provide the selection pressures necessary for the evolution … Continue reading

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Del ilusorio gen egoísta al carácter cooperativo del genoma humano

Los tiempos de crisis del sistema como los que vivimos favorecen una revisión de conceptos y el ánimo para proyectar otros mundos posibles que hagan realidad lo que Paulo Freire llamó lo “inédito viable”. Es sabido que el sistema capitalista … Continue reading

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The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

For centuries, we as a society have operated according to a very unflattering view of human nature:  that, humans are universally and inherently selfish creatures. As a result, our most deeply entrenched social structures – our top-down business models, our … Continue reading

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Creativity: Interview with Peggy Holman

Read Peggy Holman, who works with social technologies that engage “whole systems” of people from organizations and communities in creating their own future. She consults on strategies for enabling diverse groups to face complex issues by turning presentation into conversation … Continue reading

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Creativity: Interview with George Pór

Read George Pór, co-founder of CommunityIntelligence Ltd, a London-based transformation agency, the hub of an international network of consultants collaborating on larger projects. George is a pioneer of using social media for developing such strategic organizational capabilities as collaborative work … Continue reading

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The Deep Science of Cooperation

Read If you are interested in cooperative studies or just want to build a more collaborative culture in your place of work, watch the below 20 minute talk by Martin Nowak. It’s based on his (and Roger Highfield’s) new book: … Continue reading

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