Chapter 2: Settings - Environments and Architectures

The Pyramid

This is perhaps the most common and familiar social environment.

The relationship between the hero and the other is adversarial, or collaborative.

The competition hierarchy, the competence hierarchy, the dominance hierarchy

The Panopticon

This social environment illustrates an asymmetrical

relationship between the individual and the other,

in some respects described by authoritative assumptions and anticipated objectives.

The walled garden, the routines of home, the gated community, the prison, the classroom, the lab maze

The Theatre

This social environment is as old as sexual attraction and biological reproduction.

The relationship between the individual and the other is one of performer and audience.

The mating dance, the participatory ritual, the artistic expression, the call and response

The Market Square, or the Agora

This social environment can be found at the crossroads of any true conversation, where listening and speaking have equal authority.

The relationship between the individual and the other is one of trade and exchange.

The negotiation, the contract, the marriage, the community centre, the watering well