Daily Archives: September 21, 2015

Trust: Self-interest and the Common Good

Trust – our belief in the truth or reliability of someone or something – lies at the very heart of our relationships, our society and our everyday lives. Much of the time we take it for granted. And yet trust, … Continue reading

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Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Social Existence

Hunter-gatherers promoted, through cultural means, the playful side of their human nature and this made possible their egalitarian, nonautocratic, intensely cooperative ways of living. Hunter-gatherer bands, with their fluid membership, are likened to social-play groups, which people could freely join … Continue reading

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Egalitarian Societies

Greater equality of wealth, of power and of prestige has been achieved in certain hunting and gathering societies than in any other human societies. These societies, which have economies based on immediate rather than delayed return, are assertively egalitarian. Equality … Continue reading

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The Complexity of Human Civilization

There is evidence that a transition in the structure of human organizations is occurring with intriguing consequences. Historical and contemporary evidence suggests that human organizations are undergoing a transition away from hierarchical control. From a complex systems perspective, a hierarchical … Continue reading

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Cultures of Wellbeing – Method, Place, Policy

The authors challenge conventional psychological perspectives on happiness and subjective wellbeing, presenting an emergent, more socially grounded approach: relational well being. Addressing the growing interest in happiness and wellbeing in public policy and practice, this edited collection combines critical conceptual … Continue reading

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