In the 1970s, the English biologist Richard Dawkins called it the “selfish gene”. It is what pushes us to help others in order to receive something in turn, or what makes us protect our species at the expense of others.
But a dossier published in the Italian magazine l’Espresso on 20 August 2015 states the opposite. Apparently, science and sociology tend to think that altruism and sharing are the true engine of social and interpersonal relations.
One proof of that is the rise of the sharing economy. In this model, assets and services are shared to help others and restore harmony in the community. For instance, by virtue of the massive use of technology and online platforms, financial services are now available for many more people, and peer-to-peer loans and services are encouraged.
Barter and time banks are also spreading. By sharing knowledge and time, agile start-ups are now able to target a bigger audience than large corporates.
At LUISS, sharing is becoming more popular, favouring a cross-functional and versatile learning. The aim is to educate a generation of capable professionals, who are also able to understand the needs of consumers, thus placing the common advantage side-by-side with individual profit.
The shared garden, the Academic Gym: these are just a few of the initiatives put in place to help students sharing their knowledge and abilities.