We want things to be win-win.
In a zero-sum game or situation, all the gains and losses sum to zero (that is, they add up to zero). The winners win things only because the losers lose things.
"Rachman shows how zero-sum logic is thwarting efforts to deal with global problems from Afghanistan to unemployment, climate change to nuclear proliferation."
Explain the meaning of "zero-sum" without saying "my loss is your gain" or "there must be winners and losers."
Fill in the blanks: "To see (something) as a zero-sum game is to dismiss the possibility (that there is enough of something to go around, or that something can be shared, or that collaboration or some other social activity or value is possible)."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A close opposite of ZERO-SUM is
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