Is sharing a problem the solution?
Common goals are powerful in bringing people together, as demonstrated in the Robbers Cave Experiment (1954), named after the national park where it took place. Two dozen twelve-year-old boys were pitted against each other for limited resources, after which researchers set out to diffuse the tension. First, a ‘broken’ water-tank was introduced, requiring the boys to work together toward a solution. Next, they had to make a democratic decision on the evening’s choice of films. Riding the bus home as a unified group, the boys confirmed what smart parents have known all along: sometimes you need to create smaller problems in order to solve the larger ones.