Hi Michael, thank you for you response. When I write that the economic system has been design by humans and can therefore be redesigned by us I do so more to remind people that economic systems dynamics are not in any way like natural systems following natural laws, but are part of a system which structure has been designed and hence the behaviou of the system and its actors (agents) follows this structural dysfunctionality.

I agree that it is not a clear-cut simple ‘design a better economy systems and all will change as planned’. It is much more complex and dynamic and hence we can create structure in the new system that further incentivizes cooperation and collaboraation, that promotes regenerative rather than degenerative resource use, that is base on non-zero-sum game rules rather than zero-sum, that aims to optimize the whole system for all its participants (and here I mean planet Earth and the community of life) rather than maximizing individual parameters (money in bank account) for a few to the detriment of the many. I know that at best we can design for positive emergence, as we are dealing with a CAS that is fundamentally unpredictable and uncontrollable beyond very limited spatial and temporal boundaries.

I have read some Peter Corning before and found it very useful in the contect of our cultural bias to see competition as a major evolutionary driver. I now want to order ‘Syngergistic Selection — How Cooperation has shaped evolution and the rise of humankind’ and have a sense it might hold a piece in the puzzle of reframing the story we tell about who we are an how important cooperative behaviour has been to the evolution of our species and will be to the maturation process of our global civilization from being degenerative and exploitative to being regenerative and collaborative.

… all the best,


Catalysing transformative innovation, cultural co-creation, whole systems design, and bioregional regeneration. Author of Designing Regenerative Cultures

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