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Micro-communities: A climbing example

FP columnist Tom Ricks explores how micro-communities encourage healthy competition.

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I think the world is full of micro-communities. Some are geographical, many are occupational. People at the top of their game recognize others, and are so into it that they care more about learning than competing—which paradoxically helps them remain top competitors.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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