with Dr. Michael Karlberg.

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Is competition an inevitable expression of human nature? Do excellence, creativity, innovation, and productivity depend on competition – as is widely assumed in capitalist societies today? What role, if any, might competition play in a more just, sustainable, and prosperous social order? Or stated another way, is competition compatible with the principle of the oneness of humanity? In order to explore these questions, emerging insights from across the human sciences will be examined, along with corresponding insights that can be gleaned from the teachings and experience of the Bahá’í community.

Michael Karlberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Western Washington University. His scholarship focuses on discourse, culture, and social change. He has published a book titled “Beyond the Culture of Contest” as well as numerous journal articles and a blog (http://agencyandchange.com/) on related themes.

If you wish to read/hear more about this topic, here is a list of interesting links.

By Michael Karlberg:

▪   Beyond the Culture of Contest. Talk at TEDxInnsbruck

▪   Beyond the Culture of Contest. Published by George Ronald and available on Amazon

▪   “From Competition to Collaboration: Toward a New Framework for Entrepreneurship”. Published in Creating Good Work: The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy (edited by Ron Schultz, 2013, Palgrave Macmillan) and available online.

▪   The Paradox of Protest in a Culture of Contest. Available online.

▪   Western Liberal Democracy as New World Order? Available online.

▪   “Reframing Public Discourses for Peace and Justice”. Published in Forming a Culture of Peace: reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity and Justice (edited by Karina Korostelina, 2012, Palgrave Macmillan) and available online.

▪   “Partisan Branding and Media Spectacle: Implications for Democratic Communication”. From Democratic Communiqué 18 (Summer 2002).

By other authors (links to Amazon):

▪   Alfi Kohn, No Contest: The Case Against Competition

▪   Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis, A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution

▪   Martin Nowak and Roger Highfield, SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

▪   Lynn Margulis, Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution