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Establishing Security: L2 Choices

Security flows from Stability

Any cooperative process will disrupt the status quo in some fashion, and so may disturb or damage the individuals involved.

As a result, cooperation cannot proceed effectively unless each participant feels sufficiently secure.

Security depends on intrinsic strength and actual control in the particular situation, i.e. on choices flowing from power-centred principles. Constraints on individualist choices flow from the vulnerabilities of participants and the balance of power.

Review: Power-centred Principles from a purely personal perspective.

At L2, the participant v shared-endeavour duality involves both poles simultaneously, so this is a Balanced Centre with the formula: L2B.

Stability is Valuable

There is a direct link and virtuous cycle between these first two Levels.

Each builds on the other and together they provide for Stability (L2L1). i.e.Closed the more an individual works hard and prospers (L1), the greater his strength and potential for control in the shared endeavour (L2). At the same time, the greater his control and strength in the joint project (L2), the more likely is prospering through hard work (L1).

Stability is a prerequisite for managed change, growth and achievement, and therefore enables cooperation. Instability, whether due to financial problems, alterations in top management or employee disruption, makes it difficult or impossible for an organization to think of anything outside itself.

The same applies to a person:Closed emotional instability or transient enthusiasms interfere with the persistence and perseverance required for joint efforts.


Stability may be a pre-requisite, but it is also antithetical to cooperation, because of the implied change. Power-based principles and choices give no guidance about what goals are desirable for the group or in the context. The result is then inertia.

Direction can only be provided by special interests in the situation, who are prepared to crusade and put pressure on individual organizations to overcome the inertia of comfortable stability.

Originally posted: July 2009

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