And they wanted to see how many people cooperate versus how many people compete.
And they wanted to see what predicts it. Well,
whether the kids, the participants, were deemed cooperative or competitive, predicted nothing.
Nothing. Whether or not they would compete or cooperate. What predicted everything
was whether they were in the "community game" or in the "Wall Street game".
If they were in the "community game", they were much more likely to cooperate.
If they were in the "Wall Street game", whether they were generous, benevolent, or cut-throat, competitive,
they were much more likely to be cut-throat and competitive.
In other words, how we frame a situation, community, Wall Street, can make all the difference.
Threat, opportunity, maybe the exact same thing.
How we frame it can make all the difference.
This is a study done by... one the quest. A very important question which is how can we raise the level of volunteerism, at Harvard and beyond
And the wonderful answer that she came up with is let's get students
as well as people in society at large to reframe how we look at volunteering, rather than as duty, something I have to do.
Why don't I look at it as a privilege? I have the privilege of helping. And it is a real privilege. Remember the study on kindness?
One of the best interventions for wellbeing. It is a real privilege to give, to help.
And when people reframe this, they are much more likely to volunteer.