Practical benefits of studying the biological evolution of cooperation

Jenny Mackness, bavatuesdays, Mar 01, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Jenny Mackness has been summarizing Howard Rheingold’s class, Towards a Literacy of Cooperation, and this week's post caughht my eye. As people who follow my work know, I recommend an approach based in cooperation rather than collaboration. But why would we do this? This post looks at the practical benefits of cooperation. "Are there practical benefits of studying the biological evolution of cooperation?  To what extent does it provide insights that convert into theories and practices that can be used in formal or informal communities and organizations?" See also summaries of the discussions of the tragedy of the commons, social dilemmas, and the evolution of cooperation.

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