"Reciprocidad Andina" (Andean Reciprocity), succinctly explained, uses the principle of balance in nature as a model for social interactions and for how people relate to material goods.
Our goal is to engage with communities in different locations through workshops that are designed to through hands on activities introduce them to this concept, while highlighting the differences with their own ways of dealing with people and things. The workshops also will explore ways in which some elements of this approach could be incorporated in their everyday lives of people from diverse cultures.
Within that framework these workshops would offer its participants, the opportunity to explore the possibilities of an alternative value system based on exchange, as a strategy to develop new relations that could help to strengthen the links at the core of individual communities and across several ones. It could also help to dissolve barriers between groups of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds, creating new opportunities for interaction among them, planting the seed for long term relations.
These workshops will be the first step towards the implementation of a grassroots “Reciprocidad Andina Movement”, that would surreptitiously spread, altering though simple gestures, nothing short than the fabric of society.