I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine is a good metaphor for co-operation. In fact, for monkeys, it is the number one thing they do. One in every five minutes awake is spent scratching backs or being scratched.

For us humans, Demos has just published a reporton Character. It is an intriguing theme, one that Lorna of the New Lanark World Heritage Site tells me was a key interest of Robert Owen, the co-operative pioneer.

I have contributed a chapter on co-operative character, inspired in part by the work of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. She has explored the way in which co-operative parenting has shaped human character and evolution – all for the better.

Yvonne Roberts, another contributor, has been on Women’s Hour, talking about male and female character, as part of this.

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