Polarity number three is COMPETITION & COOPERATION. While some progressives disparage competition, and some modernists overemphasize it, competition can be a powerful value creator. However, when it is not moderated by its polar counterpart of cooperation, competition can devolve into a dog-eat-dog condition wherein defensiveness saps productivity. Conversely, cooperation by itself, without the incentive or opportunity for individual excellence or creativity, can similarly devolve into groupthink or stifling bureaucratic mediocrity. But when competition and cooperation are brought together in a mutually correcting relationship that provides for both *challenge and support,* the value-creating potential of each side is maximized.
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The core insight of the developmental approach to politics is that what most see as a flatland battle of political ideologies is better explained as a three dimensional interdependent ecosystem of cultural worldviews emerging in a dialectical relationship with each other.
In this excellent article, Katherine Epstein gets the diagnosis right, but the prescription wrong:
Ralph Waldo Emerson on the polarity of Conservatism (Preserve what's right) and Progressivism (Fix what's wrong):
5. Implement “backpack funding” to honor the preferences of chronically homeless people.
To find out more, read the full issue position here:
4. Strike a “grand bargain” between local communities and service resistant chronically homeless people.