Is competition good for social impact?

Competition is all around us. In the natural world, competition has been around since life has been around. Plants compete for sunshine and soil nutrients. Animals compete for food, for mates, and more. Even single celled organisms compete. In societies around the world, there is competition all through life; in play, in music, in sports, in school, and so much more. And of course, within the social impact world, regardless of whether you work in a corporate citizenship team, a non-profit, at a grantmaker, in a social enterprise or in public service, there is competition everyday. People in the social impact world are competing for board positions, for policies, for eyeballs, jobs, donors, funding, and so much more. 

But how much competition is healthy? 

Some might argue that social impact teams aren’t supposed to compete for resources, and that it’s a waste of ti


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