Participation, Ant Research, and Workshare.
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:03:45 -0700 (PDT)
From a friend who does systems research: 

In studies of ant colonies the researches noticed one group of ants off the 
side that never did any work. All the other ants were busy all day but that 
group did nothing.

They decided to remove the group to see what would happen. The ants were 
immediately replaced with other ants that did nothing.

Their hypothesis is that they are there in case of emergencies. If there is an 
expected event they are available. 

That's one way to view of people who don't participate. 

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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