Breakfast seminar

The Competitive Advantage of Collaboration

In collaboration with Business for Peace, BI Centre for Corporate Responsibility proudly invites you to a breakfast seminar on the competitive advantage of collaboration.

  • Starts:08:00, 16 May 2018
  • Ends:10:00, 16 May 2018
  • Location:BI Nydalen, A2-080
  • Contact:Knut Myrum Næss (knut.m.nass@bi.no)

The keynote speaker is David Sloan Wilson, a highly original evolutionary thinker, who – on the basis of path-breaking research in biology – has developed a perspective with broad implications for economics, as well as social and behavioral science. The fascinating thing about David’s approach is the multilevel selection perspective, where collaboration and competition at different levels drive successful development.

It is, in other words, not a question of either or, but an interplay between opposite forces at different levels. This takes evolutionary analysis beyond the ‘egoistic gene’ paradigm, to a broader evolutionary perspective, that is closer to the original Darwinian thinking, according to David.

The seminar will have plenty of room for discussion, with comments from a distinguished panel (see below).


  • Time
  • Title
  • Speakers
  • Introduction


    Atle Midttun

  • The Competitive Advantage of Collaboration


    David Sloan Wilson

  • Comments


    Harley Seyedin, Nina Witoszek, Egil Bergsager

  • Open discussion

David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, both in his own research and as director of EvoS, a unique campus-wide evolutionary studies program that recently received NSF funding to expand into a nationwide consortium. His books include Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of SocietyEvolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, and The Neighbourhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time and Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others.

Harley Seyedin

2017 Business for Peace Honouree Dr. Harley Seyedin has spent his life building a multi-national electricity and low carbon infrastructure development business with great success in China and Southeast Asia. He currently serves as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China.

Nina Witoszek

Nina Witoszek is a Polish-Norwegian cultural historian and Head of Research at the Centre for Development and the Environment, who will talk about collaboration and competition in politics and culture, taking Poland and Norway as examples.

Egil Bergsager

Egil Bergsager, has held numerous top positions in petroleum governance and business, and who has been one of the architects in organizing the particular combination of collaboration and competition, public and private interest in the Norwegian petroleum regime.

In partnership with

Business for Peace