For, with by and to

Charles Leadbetter spoke at the Enabled by Design Unconference at the Design Museum on Thursday 17 June 2010 and said: “For, With, By and To In the spring of 2010 I began work on a project called For, With, By and To, which argues there are only four main ways in which we organise most … Continue reading For, with by and to

Primary Health Care – What Is It?

Compare and contrast the insights into primary health care provided by Dr. Carl Taylor’s lecture with the insights provided from the other assigned lectures, readings and videos during Weeks 1 and 2.   How are these perspectives similar, and how are they different?   Use specific examples from the course materials to back up your … Continue reading Primary Health Care – What Is It?

It’s cooperation stupid

It's cooperation stupid

The argument of this pamphlet is that we should jettison the assumption that humans are selfish, first and foremost. Instead, we should start from the assumption that most of the time, most people want to be cooperative.


We should also assume that the most enduring, productive, adaptive solutions to our shared dilemmas will also be the fairest, because fairness breeds cooperation. Only when cooperative approaches manifestly fail should we turn to solutions that hinge on self-interest.

Drawing in evidence from infant development studies, evolutionary science and the course of human history from the prehistoric to the modern, Charlie Leadbeater argues that society – including our political leaders – can and should embrace and foster humankind's integral cooperative spirit and redress the individualistic, transactional model of modern capitalism.

'Humans are more cooperative than other species because we are capable of more fine-grained forms of cooperation: we are prepared to cooperate with strangers, over large distances and times, overcoming obstacles of language and culture. This deeply wired capacity for cooperation will be more important than ever to enable us to create shared solutions to complex challenges, from global financial regulation to ageing and climate change.

'Yet most of our systems, institutions and models of public policy lock us in to a miserable, impoverished view of ourselves as untrustworthy and selfish. These approaches actively crowd out cooperation, supplanting cooperative solutions with systems that rely on material incentives. They remake the world in their own image.'

Looking at three issues as examples – bankers and their bonuses, the UK riots of 2011 and the ongoing immigration debate – Leadbeater concludes that cooperative models of organisation and problem-solving offer the best hope of deepening understanding and producing fair and good outcomes.

Published in partnership with Co-operatives UK

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Mutuals are go     First wave of ‘trailblazing’ mutuals announced A social enterprise in Mansfield is to deliver housing support services to vulnerable people, and teaching and administrative staff will set up a trust to run a Cumbrian college after the government gave the green light to the first round of Pathfinder mutuals projects. Cabinet officer … Continue reading Mutuals are go