"Live... and Let Live"
Promoting cooperation through reciprocity.
Marilyn La Court, Program Director
"Live and Let Live"
When Cooperation Counts
People of all ages, children, adolescents, and adults can enjoy the benifits of living, learning and working in a cooperative environment.
"Once established, the evolution of cooperation has the potential for positive broad and long range effects in social systems."
"The Evolution of Cooperation"
Basic Books, New York, 1984
Cooperation means associating with others for mutual benefit.
In Cooperation, everybody wins.
The opposite of cooperation is trying to win at the expense of others; for one to win, another must lose.
When people try to win at the expense of others, and winning becomes too important, bad things can happen. Cheating can be expected; altercations are likely to escalate into feuds. Violence, abuse, coercion, destruction, and even death can become the consequences. Then nobody wins!
There are many good reasons why people are nice to one another. Some are nice because it just makes them feel good to be nice. Others are nice because they want something in return.
Theres a lot more to cooperating than JUST being nice. Cooperation requires people to be nice AND to be fair. In cooperation, people need to be accountable for their actions, both the good ones and the bad ones. Reciprocity holds people accountable in a fair and respectful manner.
It is acknowledged that interpersonal conflict, perceptions of significant differences between people, are normal. The extent to which altercations between individuals in conflict with each other become coercive or violent depends to some extent upon the culture within which these occur. A cooperative culture will not eliminate the perception of differences (interpersonal conflict) but within a cooperative culture altercations are less likely to become coercive or combative.
In "LIVE and LET LIVE" workshops participants will lean to increase self-reliance, personal responsibility, a sense of personal security, resilience, and minimize the potential for violence.
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