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About Autarky

The amount of local cooperative energy-companies in the Netherlands (in 2012) is increasing. It all has to do with the decrease of the price of solar-sells but there is more at stake. Local energy-companies are part of a movement aimed at Autarky. Autarky is the quality of being self-sufficient. The word Autarky comes from Greek αὐτάρκεια (autárkeia), itself from αὐτός (autós) = self and ἀρκέω (arkéo) which in its passive form means be satisfied, content or “Out of my own Power“. The need to become self-sufficient has certainly to do with the current economic-, ecological- and energy crisis. People are afraid that the supply of vital energy and food … Continue reading About Autarky

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About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

Sometimes You want to do the Good Thing and the result is a Bad Thing. Sometimes You start an Activity with a Good Intention but the Activity runs completely Out of Hand because You were unable to Predict all the effects. Sometimes an Activity starts with a Good Intention and Ends with a Go]]><![CDATA[od Result but much later You discover that you have started a Chain of Activities and the Result of the Chain is Bad. Good and Bad are Context Dependent. Look at this little Story: A Chinese farmer awoke one morning to find a horse grazing in one of his fields. … Continue reading About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

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About Darwin’s Superorganism

Many people believe that the theor]]><![CDATA[y of Evolution is based on the concept of competition. They believe that every gene, every cell, and every organism is designed to promote its own evolutionary success at the expense of others. The big problem with this concept is that it does not explain the enormous amount of cooperation that is visible in Nature. Atoms cooperate in Molecules. Molecules cooperate in Genes. Genes cooperate in Chromosomes. Chromosomes cooperate in eukaryoticcells. Cells cooperate in Multicellular Organisms. Multi Cellular Organisms cooperate in Humans. Humans cooperate in Families and Tribes and Families and Tribes cooperate in Organizations … Continue reading About Darwin’s Superorganism

How to Resolve an Infinite Chain of Conflicts

Humans attach much greater weight to future losses than to future gains, especially when the former are certain and immediate and the latter are uncertain. Humans take unwise risks to avoid certain and immediate losses. They don’t want to take risks to pursue gains or will unwisely turn down proposed changes or concessions that offer a mix of gains and losses, even when the promised gains are objectively greater than the losses. To calculate a loss a Human chooses a personal reference point which is usually the individual’s status quo. Human beings reject or devalue whatever is freely available to … Continue reading How to Resolve an Infinite Chain of Conflicts

How to Create Cooperative Networks by Playing Complementary Roles

People have to cooperate to survive. Children need their parents to nurture and teach them. Parents need the help of their children when they are old. The basic principle behind cooperation is long-term reciprocity. People give something voluntary and sometimes for free to others or help the other trusting they get something of the same value back in the future. To survive people have to have a long-term perspective. They have to sustain their environment and the supporting infrastructures to make sure that there are enough people and tools to help them when they are old. The need to survive … Continue reading How to Create Cooperative Networks by Playing Complementary Roles