A "zero-sum game" is a reasonably well understood phrase, though often incorrectly used as "zero sum gain." The opposite of this is a "non-zero–sum game," which I find rather unwieldy. Is there a better phase than "non-zero–sum game?"
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In addition to zero sum games, there are also positive sum games and negative sum games. See this discussion.
Apparently, these are related, but different from win-win games.
I wouldn't be too sure a zero sum game is that well-known...
But putting aside the more "academic" overtones of the above definition, I suppose when it's used in common parlance the focus is on the fact that there's no collective gain. So the opposite is a...
I'm not a gamer, so game theory is all new to me. Clearly positive-sum and negative-sum are not what you are looking for either. I came here seeking that apparently illusive opposite as well.
In my context the win/win vs. win/lose concept are close but too vague for my liking. After reading this thread I have chosen to coin (or unconsciously plagiarize) the phrase "Infinite-Sum game.
virtuous circle or virtuous cycle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtuous_circle_and_vicious_circle context of abundance rather than shortage - authentic collaboration rather than extractive 'teamwork'
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