Can generalised reciprocity get started in a group of strangers? If started, what sustains it over time? These are questions that researchers have grappled with for many years. Our ongoing research helps explain how and why we choose to be generous, even to strangers.
What do Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, Boeing, Citigroup, Estee Lauder, UPS, Novartis, and GM have in common? They all use the Reciprocity Ring. The method was developed by University of Michigan sociologist Wayne Baker and his wife Cheryl at Humax. A group is gathered for the purpose of members asking for something important for them in their personal or professional lives.
On our mission to change the world through the power of giving we have been blessed to meet and work with so many inspiring people with whom we share a common purpose. My journey recently connected me with Rochman Reese and Sofan Chan, two people who are moving hearts and minds in there own unique and creative ways. I am very pleased to share their wisdom with you in this post.
Roland Hanekroot is a big guy. His impressive dimensions and powerful posture are amplified by his quirky European style. He has this magnetic quality. You find yourself being drawn to him and wanting to engage in deep conversation. As a business coach extraordinaire these are all great qualities for Roland to have but I think the one quality that makes Roland so attractive to others is that he is a Giver. Enjoy Roland’s thoughts on this subject in this truly wonderful post.