ValuesJam Fanzine Edition 10
Value of the month:
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples:
There are over 476 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries across the world, accounting for 6.2 per cent of the global population. Indigenous peoples are the holders of a vast diversity of unique cultures, traditions, languages and knowledge systems. They have a special relationship with their lands and hold diverse concepts of development based on their own worldviews and priorities.
Although numerous indigenous peoples worldwide are self-governing and some have been successful in establishing autonomy in varying forms, many indigenous peoples still come under the ultimate authority of central governments who exercise control over their lands, territories and resources. Despite that reality, indigenous peoples have demonstrated extraordinary examples of good governance, ranging from the Haudenosaunee to the existing Sámi parliaments in Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated many existing inequalities, disproportionately affecting populations all over the world that were already suffering from poverty, illness, discrimination, institutional instability or financial insecurity. From the perspective of indigenous peoples, the contrast is even starker. In many of our societies, the social contract, at the very least, needs some revision.
New ValuesJam Studio opening
We are delighted to announce that Anna and Orla McAfee are helping us open our latest ValuesJam studio in (near) Sydney. This means that people in Australia will be able to order ValuesJam card decks, receive them faster, pay less for postage and have an improved carbon footprint.
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ValuesJammer in the Spotlight
Sue Bottomley is ValuesJammer VJ000040 and has adopted the RESPECT card
Who are you?
I am an executive coach, teacher of deep listening and mindful communication
What are your core values?
Respect, Integrity, Love and Deep Pausing as a practice
Why did you join the ValuesJam community?
Curiosity and to be among like-minded people. To deepen and share meaningful conversations around values without feeling “preached to”
How are you using your ValuesJam card decks?
A colleague and I swap sessions on a monthly basis and hold space for each other. I’ve used them with clients as a starting point for conversations.
Fave rock n roll moment of magic from a ValuesJam session?
Insights about how much I care and choose to live by my values and how my colleagues and clients are pretty much always aligned – we are “chips off the same block”
Also- creating respect now in this generation acts as a foundation for future generations as a possibility to co-create a more equitable and loving society.
How could more RESPECT improve the world?
How could it not?
To enhance self-respect from an ontological perspective – e.g to embody respect – increases the essence of self-worth which invites sovereignty, dignity in stature and might reduce, for example, the impact of bullying. I believe respect creates ground for inclusion and acceptance of self and others which invites belonging.
The language of respect invites conversations and differences in conversation to be shared without judgement. A valuing of generational opinions, the ability to deeply listen, be seen, witnessed and validated and to share as an equal across diverse conversations.
The mood and emotion of respect of self and others creates internal wellbeing – neuroscience indicates this. If I have respect – my cup is full and I am easier to be around. Conversely, if I am lacking in respect – I am potentially “difficult” to engage with and my cup quickly runs dry.
What drew you to adopt the ValuesJam card RESPECT?
It’s a value I cherish. Was sadly lacking in my childhood and as a result is even more pertinent now.
You can contact Sue at:
Mob: +44 (0) 7850923962
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