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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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THEDYNAMICSOF IDEAS

What we have found out so far? First, there is the resources-versus-transactions consideration, where we saw that original differences in human intelligence or natural resources such as climate, soil, minerals or natural flora and fauna were not very important for long-term success. Instead, it was primarily our ability to expand social networks and stimulate creativity that counted.

Early societies were mainly what we may call “extractors”, and when they made their first institutions, these would easily become extractive too. However, over time, some civilizations became more “combiners” instead – they focused more on ...

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