The Weekly Stripe – 24.07.20
The pandemic has put reciprocity in the spotlight. At country, city, community and individual levels we are seeing how reciprocity can improve outcomes and how its absence can undermine progress. Coordinating border controls requires reciprocal agreements. Wearing a mask is a reciprocal act. So what are the rules of reciprocity and how can we apply them for everyone’s benefit? Read on to find out.
This paper from a team at South Carolina University explores the ways in which different forms of reciprocity combine to reinforce prosocial behaviour.
Wherever there is reciprocity there is also scope for cheating the system. This piece looks at the evolution of ‘cheater detection’ module in the brain and the degree to which we are hardwired to spot and react to people cheating on the reciprocal agreements that underpin society.
Beyond the pandemic, ideas of reciprocity are being used to frame international relations and particularly those between China and the USA. As tensions mount this piece in Foreign Policy magazine explores the US’s emerging use of reciprocity as a pragmatic strategy…
…and this piece from Vice explores the complications of applying reciprocal approaches in spaces where the contexts are very different across countries.
Closer to home, this piece in Forbes Magazine explores how to use reciprocity to advance your career goals.