CARE

COOPERATION CAN ARISE ONLY WITH ECOSYSTEMIC RESPECT

In those interactions where there are common benefits but there’s lack of respect, care or the simple level of relationship couldn’t be considered a cooperation. Unhealthy work places and local or global environment, psychological dependencies, absence of meritocracy, mobbing or violence can’t lead to a mutual enjoyment. The apparent real benefits do not represent a situation of mutuality and the dynamics usually tend to progressive damage. They may even start with a valuable advantage, but with time those apparent benefits turn out to be a long-term loss. Care also means you’re not cooperating for the disadvantage of any external entity: competitive team-play, war, organized crime and collusions are examples in which there’s a collaboration aiming to generate a disadvantage for third parties. If the competition is the goal of the collaboration, like in most sportive or gaming experiences, and there’s fair play, we can talk of atypical cooperation.

TO SOLVE A CONFLICT WITH THE CARE CONDITION:
Compare not the choices, but the values and the motivations: most of the time they match, and lead to a group benefit rather than to an individual one.

KEY CARE PRACTICES
Fairness in procedural justice, procedure-based regulations, quality of treatment, attention, respect, acknowledgement of merits, health, non-violent-communication.

As previously exposed, individuals consider adequate and accept negative outcomes coming from clear, transparent and fair procedures -even legal ones-, and do not consider adequate nor acceptable positive and advantageous outcomes coming from unclear, vague and unfair procedures, which tend to generate conflictual collaborations or mere instrumental collusions, where not processes of trust annihilation.
Quality of treatment, attention, merit acknowledgement, attention and respect are all methods which, when verified through feedback have a very strong impact on the participants’ enjoyment.
Self respect and respect of others, overall regarding to physical and mental health is a simple but not avoidable aspect of cooperation. Safe environment and healthy locations, respectful of all psycho-physiological human needs obviously support most of cooperation conditions. Beauty and the spontaneous harmony of nature add another level of care to the context of cooperation.
Non-violent communication is of great help in empowering a group reciprocal care and respect, although a communication more balanced between desires and needs is to be preferred to one only focused on needs.