ValuesJam Fanzine Edition 15
Value of the month:
Important dates this month:
New Year’s Day and Global Family Day
National Winnie The Pooh Day
Watch out for our Valentine’s offer in February: “Yours and Mine” duo pack for £50.00- keep your eyes peeled in your email inbox!
These will be published weekly at 0700 GMT or BST throughout the year from New Year’s Day, Sunday 1 January. We already have some fantastic guests lined up. If you know people who would make a great guest ValuesJammer, be in touch. (and why, if you are happy to share, but no obligation)
We are very grateful for the positive feedback around the ValuesJam merchandise range at https://lnkd.in/e3ARv8yp.
There is still time to enter our merch give away.
Between now and 31 December 2022, share in the comments below the post on Linkedin what value word/s you would choose to have on your hoodie, t-shirt or cap (and why, if you are happy to but no obligation). Then, in the first week of January, we will draw a name and send the lucky winner your garment
ValuesJam on the Road
Last year we invited the ValuesJam Founder members to adopt a ValuesJam card. We are now inviting the ValuesJam band generally to adopt any of the remaining cards below. Adoption doesn’t give you any responsibility LOL and you don’t even have to do anything, we just thought you might like the chance to put your name against a particular value:
Simply email to Jamming@values-Jam.com with your chosen value in the subject title.
First come, first served.
What tracks would be on your ValuesJam playlist for 2023 (songs associated with values, generally or specifically)?
You can add yours here:
Did you know?
Global Family Day is celebrated as a day of peace and sharing on 1st January. Its aim is to unite and spread a message of peace by considering and promoting the idea that Earth is one Global Family so as to make the world a better place to live for everyone.
What’s coming up
We are thrilled to be offering a calendar of ValuesJam Deepdive conversations starting with EDUCATION.
You can see the full ValuesJam Deepdive calendar at SERVICEBRAND GLOBAL Ltd Events | Eventbrite. We have some fantastic guests lined up to introduce the topics.
Values Jammer in the Spotlight-
Who are you?
I am a second-career educator serving as principal in a rural secondary school in the mountains of eastern Arizona, and leading the Arizona Student Opportunity Collaborative (AzSOC), a grassroots effort to mitigate the impact of a worsening shortage of teachers. In a nutshell, we pay highly qualified teachers already working in rural schools to teach an additional class, and make that class available to rural students across the state at no cost to the students, their families, or their schools.
What are your core values?
My core values are to learn something every day, to contribute positively to any activity in which I’m involved, and to do so in ways that are authentic to my beliefs and responsibilities.
What drew you to the world of EDUCATION?
My family are from a remote and very rural part of the Ozarks, and I was raised to believe that a concentrated effort to educate oneself is the answer to most any problem. At every point I have found myself inadequately prepared – beginning university, graduate school, on the job – the solution has been to dig in and read myself out of the hole. I owe this entirely to parents, grandparents, and teachers who taught and lived this core belief. When I retired from business, it was my goal to teach and model that belief to rural students who can leverage self-directed learning to expand their opportunities, whether those goals are to leave their rural homes or to stay in their communities.
Why did you join the ValuesJam community?
I saw Alan Williams work remotely with some of my student leaders during the pandemic, and observed those kids conducting and analyzing a values survey in our school. Alan’s work with our students showed me the value of identifying and proselytizing fundamental values in an organization. This was a revelation for one raised with the injunction to do one’s good in private (Matthew 6:5) and I am learning how explicitly but humbly to center my professional actions in my personal values
How are you using your ValuesJam card decks?
Just beginning but we’ve started playing a round at the beginning of our leadership team meetings, and are working on an idea to teach the process to students working remotely from around the state.
Fave rock n roll moment of magic from a ValuesJam session?
The value of the well-designed and properly timed follow-up question. Everyone knows Waters and Gilmour’s “We don’t need no education”, but too many miss/forget “We don’t need no thought control/ No dark sarcasm in the classroom”. Adequately answering the top question on the card seems like such an accomplishment, only to realize that the real work starts at the second or third level. That’s life, isn’t it? The big answers are easy, it’s the details where one finds the devil.
How could better EDUCATION improve the world?
This has both quantitative and qualitative answers. More people need access to more educational opportunities the world over. Access by chance, too often limited by economics or social status, is no way to decide who gets the opportunity fully to develop their talents. It’s unfair to the individual and profoundly wastes potential assets. By the same token, an educational system rooted in the needs of the factory age is no way to prepare people for a future characterized by jobs that haven’t yet been invented and challenges we don’t yet understand. Inadequately and unevenly educating young people is no way to build a path to the sunlit uplands. In the rural context, this additionally involves helping students to meld their intellectual and vocational goals with the qualities and strengths of their rural upbringings.
How can we find out more about your work?
ValuesJammer Top Tips
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