Seth Godin blogs about the positive power of competition.

As far as I can see it, the two most important benefits to competition are:

** Competition motivates our businesses to innovate
** Competitive forces simultaneously compete and conspire to create a movement that eventually drive more people to each competitor

Ex. Organic food movement, yoga movement, photo’s on-line movement, social networking movement

In China, I noticed whole city blocks devoted to a particular retail specialty. There was a bridal store street, a shoe street, a furniture street, etc… and they were all thriving.