Creative Courage:
Embracing the Risks of Engagement

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Novel practices inevitably involve risk, and new forms of cooperation that create genuinely mutual benefits are likely to be met by resistance, especially from those who benefited from established forms of cooperation. Confronting both risk and resistance requires nothing less than courage.

In a complex, interconnected dynamic social system, the practice of creative courage hinges on our determination to insist that benefits be genuinely mutual. We must stay committed to cooperation when we benefit from existing forms of cooperation, when we are disadvantaged by them and even when we are bystanders.

Three practices will help.

  1. Address the failing hypothesis
  2. Confront imbalanced benefits without undue blame
  3. Hold tight to the cooperative vision

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