A Mereonic perspective on John Nash: Cooperation vs. Competition

Ch 12 Figure 220 Relationship of the Sun to Earth NASAThis picture offers us an opportunity to make a sobering consideration as we contemplate the relationship of the Sun to Earth. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (August 31, 2012)

Our colleague Nick Woolf long ago suggested that that fact that we evolved and continue to survive in a fiercely competitive environment is extraordinary.  Life on this planet has long competed for resources in order to extend its duration. While mankind has evolved, our relentless quest for ‘bigger and better’ continues to intensify even though getting ‘more’ material wealth fails guarantee a high quality of life. It is precisely this quest that threatens our very survival.

While today’s most asked existential questions seem to be,‘What’s in it for me?’ and ‘Why should I care?’, there is a good reason to care about this work; understanding it and living it.

John Nash, featured in the film ‘A Beautiful Mind’ quantified the value of an individual as being part of a cooperative unit working for the benefit of the whole. The Nash Equilibrium (1950) is considered to be the optimum competitive solution for two opponents who know each others optimal strategy.

The Mereon Matrix reveals the Nash Equilibrium to be inefficient at best. The reason is that the competitiveness it wastes time, human energy and material resources. It also encourages manipulation, deviousness and outright deceit.

In comparison, the competence implicit in the Mereon Matrix, demonstrated in the educational project known as BeLonging where kids use the strategy of communal cooperation that is based on ethical values and prior agreement.

The results leads to a realisation that transcends hope.

The ‘kicker’ is how to get adults to stop acting childish so to renew the childlike joy found in awe and wonder that generates curiosity and cooperation.

Why We must end “The Why’ning”

Yes, tragically this image is the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the City of Light and Love. It serves as a reminder that we must not be too fast on our feet to point fingers and lay blame or shame others for the environmental problems we face today.Image

The Elevator Pitch

“Why me?”, “What’s in it for me?” and “Why should I care?” are the new existential questions. The complexity of the Mereon Matrix and the simple Pattern it ties, opens the way to innovation through the principles of cooperation and the practice of co-creation. The facts make it abundantly clear that the state of the world provides you with multiple reasons to care. The sum of these adds up to “Do or Die”. This process provides us with a logical way to meaningfully explore possibilities, using the Mereon Trefoil knot to ask, “What if…?” and “Why (k)not?”

The Real Story

In human civilisation the Hunting Age led to an Era of Agriculture that catalysed an Epoch of Industrialisation. Today, immature humans teeter on the threshold of the Information Age, yet our behaviour has brought us to the next stage of human evolution; Transformation. We either wake up, wise-up and step into the new or we die.

The Tipping Point we face today is the catalyst for a Turning Point. The first waves of change that wiped out Middle Class were only the beginning. A tsunami of change fast approaches. It’s time that those with the power to implement change, harness the courage and will to do so. Survival requires answering old questions in a fundamentally new way.

The Mereon Matrix is our name for a process of exploration. It is also the name of the context in which we are exploring.It gives a rigorous, logical and meaningful way to comprehend the mysteries and metaphors that are at the heart of creation. As such it reveals a powerful way to consider how all things are related and lets us explore our inner and interconnections. As a ‘Technology of Mindfulness’, the simple process that it weaves permits us to open, learn and grow through direct experience that is unfettered by preconceptions and prejudice.

The Mereon Matrix is not The Answer. It is a powerful means for identifing the issues; asking the relevant questions; and then formulating best answers! Twelve fundamental principles sequentially and simply connect all possible realities to underscore the 7-steps that link local possibilities with global potential. To step off the razors edge we must come together and in our diversity identify the noble shared values that support a sustainable life. It requires dialogue to connect multiple points before acting. This unifying process establishes a Pattern that connects and insures that all critical tasks are accomplished in time. Universal, it honours the diversity in our unique physical, emotional, mental, spatial, temporal and spiritual realities.

The Mereon Matrix provides the necessary links to reconnect hearts and minds, and reveals why and how it is critical to establish strong and meaningful relationships with one another. Applications require learning, unlearning and relearning. We are only at the beginning of applying these principles to education, personal development and business. Current avenues of investigation enfold general systems, cymatics, geometry, and deep connections with natural science and technologies that must be explored.

By connecting our passed, our present and our future today, the Mereon Matrix provides us with a clear, simple and logical process that enables us to make genuine progress.  It requires empowering competent teams, individuals who know how and are willing to cooperate, innovate and act responsibly. The knowledge inherent within the Mereon Matrix lets us do this and respond in time.

All of these reasons combine into Transformation as a single Cause about which all of us must care. Today, as political, business and economic changes continue to accelerate, regions and nations are affected in ways that erode walls and erase false borders.

We understand that this task is not the work of one person or any single group. The intent of The Mereon Legacy CIC, a non-profit organisation, is to assist individuals in learning how to come together as cohesive groups that are committed to transformation and able to respond.

With courage, we are standing in the question as we open you to the Mereon Matrix as a way to help understand and resolve both personal and world problems. In this we need
help. While we have a ‘how’ we do not claim that we know the way, for this is something every group of innovators must discover on their own.

In our opening we invite your participation as part of what is an inclusive exploration. Our competences are academic and scientific as relates to matters of investigation and research. In this, a marriage of science, spirit and art, all belong. Contributions of talent, time and economic assistance are welcome as it is time to fill out our own team!

Please send us an email to let us know how you can help!