At the beginning of this century for the first time in our history more people lived in the city than in the countryside. Therewith the Homo Urbanicus is born. The special feature of this transition is that we will be - even in China - become looser from our old family ties and become part of a larger community.
The clans and gangs are transitional forms that replace the family, hopefully towards greater autonomy. We become like Homo Urbanicus simultaneously more isolated and more connected. We fill the diminishing power of our blood ties with a multitude of urban tribes, communities and rapidly transforming interests and interest groups. therewith it became the art to endure simultaneously the existential loneliness and alienation of urban life and to celebrate global solidarity and give it shape.
On the circle of opposites is autonomously cooperation in the horizontal axis. It involves the interaction between equals. A level playing field. Besides the ability to cooperate with the autonomy of the parties, we discover the coopetition: collaborating with competition. We see this in open source projects between teams that develop technology in which they both compete and support each other. The competitive element here strengthens the cooperation instead of preventing it. We also see it happen in the common product of big brands like Philips and Sony or joint refining oil or gas in large companies. Upstream working together and downstream competition