We have been educated for a time that no longer exists — in the old way of thinking, value is determined by shortage—I have it and you don’t. “When we think this way, we bifurcate. We get stuck at the ends of the rope: Either I’m right or you are. Select one answer or the other.” In the new way of thinking, we measure differently.
Wealth is created and carried by ideas and relationships more than by transactions. When things carry value, if I have one and give it away, I lose something. But when ideas carry value, everything is turned upside-down. When you have a good idea and I have a good idea and we exchange them, you walk away with two new ideas and I also have two new ideas. The more we share, the more we have. Our capacity to generate, share, and enact ideas becomes most valuable.
— Dawna Markova, from
Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently