Tag Archive: competition

April 12, 2012

Network $ustainability

Compared to my post from yesterday, this certainly feels like a big shift, going from the sublime to the tactical.  At a recent gathering that I facilitated, members of the steering committee of a food system change initiative, local and regional funders, and members of other organizational networks came together to discuss ideas for ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the committee’s work around ensuring community food security.  We came at this from a few different angles, including a conversation about actual and perceived constraints and challenges to supporting this kind of net work.  Here is a taste of what came up, which resonates with what I am hearing in other networks as well: Read More

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June 30, 2011

Competition for Co-Evolution


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I’ve been sitting with a story I just heard relayed by Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, systems and evolutionary biologist. (If you are interested in a great and uplifting podcast, check out the full interview, entitled “From Caterpillars to Butterflies.”)

Dr. Sahtouris was attending a basketball game in China and was seated next to a Chinese man who cheered wildly after the first basket of the game was scored. When the other team scored its first basket, he cheered with equal enthusiasm. He continued to do this for each basket scored by either team.  Finally, Dr. Sahtouris turned to the man and asked, “Which team is yours?”  The man replied, “What do you mean?”  Dr. Sahtouris said, “Well, which team do you want to win?”  He replied, “What difference does it make?”  To which she replied, “Well, why are you pitting two teams against one another?” He responded, “To drive excellence.  We applaud the excellence wherever it happens.”

Same game, different frame . . .

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