Super Bugs & Social Institutions

I was reading a great article in the Financial Times by John Kay.In “Rules that breed self conduct” he writes about antibiotics, superbugs ,”prisoner’s dilemma” and why self interest may not always be persuasive than some common cause.From a CoP and collaboration perspective two things stood out to me:1. He says “Social institutions, and our own instincts, produce more co-operative behaviour than crude models of rational economic man would allow – if they are given a supportive environment”. Is there a clear understanding of what would constitute a “Supportive environment” from a CoP perspective? With CoPs becoming the cornerstone of many KM initiatives how do we ensure that the “supportive environment” does not trample the organic nature ofcommunities?2.And some good advice to keep in mind when designing incentive systems. He says “But as shareholders who approved executive incentive programmes discovered to their cost, if you design institutions on the assumption that behaviour is naturally self-interested, self-interested behaviour will follow.”The underlying argument being that it is not true that people will only respond to incentives targeted directly at them.This seems to be inline with the way many successful open source communities have evolved.Is peer recognition the way to go?You can read the full article at


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