ValuesJam Fanzine Edition 26
Value of the month:
Instead of the normal value of the month we are celebrating the Twelve Values of the Festive Season
As we approach a time of year when many people will be enjoying festive celebrations there is an English Christmas carol called The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The ValuesJam Founder Members identified these twelve values to celebrate at this time of the year: Compassion, Enjoyment, Faith, Forgiveness, Generosity, Gratitude, Inclusion, Kindness, Love, Patience, Relationships (including Family & Friendship), Wisdom
Important dates this month:
Sunday 10th December
7th – 15th December
Wednesday 20th December
International Solidarity Day
New Years Eve
It’s gift time so remember you can enjoy a better deal the more ValuesJam card decks you order!
One deck is £29.99 but for two or more it’s just £24.99 using PROMOCODE GIFT23, saving £5 on each deck.
ValuesJam on YouTube
You can see this year’s Guest Sessions at ValuesJam The Guest Sessions Series – YouTube and there have been some fantastic ValuesJams published every Sunday.
Please suggest people who you think would make a good guest: relaxed, open, could be well known, connected or with a large network.
The first ValuesJam DeepDive conversation in 2023 is on the topic of EDUCATION at 1700 GMT on Thursday 11th January. Register at EDUCATION VALUESJAM DEEPDIVE CONVERSATION Tickets, Thu 11 Jan 2024 at 17:00 | Eventbrite
The session will be introduced by the amazing team from Curriculum for Life, a community of learners, educators and thought leaders, co-creating Life Skills Learning for 6-18 year olds.
Please let us know what is your favourite session so far.
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For World Values Day in October, co-founder Alan took on a ValuesJam Challenge to ValuesJam every day from 1-31 October (with some leeway to catch up if a day was missed for some reason.
31 ValuesJam sessions later, mission accomplished 🙂.
The sessions were with a mix of people all over the world from very different backgrounds, some with people known well and others with new connections. Thank you to everybody who helped Alan with the Challenge: “It reconfirmed to me how ValuesJam somehow manages to combine a playful, lighthearted approach with deep, insightful and often very personal conversations. It really is magical.”
We asked Alan to share just one Fave rock n roll moment of magic from one of the ValuesJam sessions: “Well that’s easy. It was on 1st October with grandson, Jacob, four and a half. We played a game to identify his favourite three cards which were Love, Beauty and Kindness. When I asked Jacob what Love he said he didn’t know so I asked him what he does for people he loves and he said “I give them a hug”. ❤️❤️
Customisable hoodies, Ts and caps are another festive or New Year gift idea ValuesJam x ValuesDriven – Values Driven
You can choose your own value word! This makes a brilliant gift and why not treat yourself to one at the same time
New Year resolutions?
As you know, it is our ambition to create harmony all over the world by inspiring one million values-led conversations. How many ValuesJam sessions have there been so far? Please let us know how many you have had. If every current ValuesJammer has just one ValuesJam per month that would be nearly two thousand ValuesJams per year and “we’ve only just begun” (did you see what we did there)? What could your New Year’s ValuesJam resolution be?
ValuesJam on the Road
Let your fellow ValuesJammer band members know what you are up to eg recording sessions, new releases, tours, photoshoots etc
Send us your selfies and/or the ValuesJam cards – we’ll feature them every month.
ValuesJam has a close connection with music and ValuesJam card words are used in so many songs. For many people at this time of the year, family is important, whether this is in the traditional sense or a ‘sense of family’ with other people so enjoy this track from the seasonally well-named Sister Sledge Laughing emoji christmas emoji https://youtu.be/jdsqht1m1rE
What are your favourite tracks with a values connection? Perhaps we could create a ValuesJam playlist!
Did you know?
You will have noticed that there is a ValuesJam language and here is a guide to help you be ‘in the know’. You will notice the close connection with the language you hear in music circles because of the connection with a music jam eg vibe, play, tune, track, riff, setlist, gig, mic, spotlight etc:
ValuesJam – a playful card game which connects people through values-led conversation
ValuesJammer – somebody who plays the ValuesJam card game
ValuesJamming – playing the ValuesJam game
ValuesJam Founder Member – the first ValuesJammers who signed up right at the beginning of the journey
ValuesJammer Band – the ValuesJammer community as a whole
ValuesJam Stage – any place where ValuesJam is played eg home, club, church, office, factory, bar/restaurant
You will notice that ValuesJam is one word with an upper case V and J. It is always used in full rather than a Jam or Jamming.
Values Jammer in the Spotlight
We are taking a break from ValuesJammer in the Spotlight resuming in the New Year. Please be in touch if you would like to put yourself or another Valuesjammer forward for the monthly slots in 2024 and here are the themes:
January – Education
February – Love
March – Happiness
April – Creativity
May – Family
June – Well-being
July – Friendship
August – Welfare
September – Gratitude
October – Values
November – Kindness
December – Relationships
ValuesJammer Top Tips
…If you are searching for inspiration for a New Year’s resolution, turn to your ValuesJam card deck. Draw three cards at random and devise a resolution for the New Year that brings them together.
Why not share your top tips for using your ValuesJam deck?
We want to know what you think of this fanzine? What do you want to see, hear, feel? What ideas do you have for future editions?
We would also love to feature some of your comments about ValuesJam on the website. Please email a star rating out of 5 and a short, expressive comment to firstname.lastname@example.org
We already distribute from Australia, UK and USA Please be in touch if you know somebody who might be interested to set up a ValuesJam studio and distribution arrangement in other parts of the world eg EU, India, Far East etc