Methods for establishing group cooperation
There is an influential and well respected literature on the evolution of cooperation by economists, game theorists, evolutionary and theoretical biologists, that you should understand when working on automatic methods to promote group coherence, cooperation and happiness. The following references provide inroads into this literature. I would like to discuss these ideas with you Pollie, Rob and Simon.
1. Read Axelrod's stuff + simulations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evolution_of_Cooperation
2. From the Adami Lab: Punishment catalyses the evolution of cooperation: http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.5233