|How do you measure success? We all recognize success when we see
it. Our culture projects thousands of images of successful living
in the media and in the arts. These images become standards for
what we desire to be, to do, and to have.
I feel that society's focus on success has bred a competitive
spirit that translates into a shark-fest, win/lose mentality.
Fortunately, there is a new paradigm in business, science, and
technology that recognizes the interconnectedness among all of
us on the planet. In this new model, cooperation rather than competition,
is the operating principle.
Evolutionary biologists are discovering that "survival of the
fittest" is a myth. Most species have interconnected relationships
among dozens of other species. (In fact, our bodies are thoroughly
populated with bacteria and viruses that actually make it possible
for us to live). Social scientists have found that in games with
the potential for several winners, participants will spontaneously
cooperate in order to achieve greater gains. The end of the US-Soviet
nuclear arms race is an example of this principle. It benefitted
both sides to end the buildup.
The advertisers listed in this issue are a part of an interconnected
network that we call the holistic community. It's our pleasure
to connect you with this community and we look forward to hearing
about your success.
Publisher, The Holistic Networker
©1996, Tony Cecala