Newsletter to Affiliates from Neil Hawkes - Founder
6th March 2023
On behalf of the Foundation’s Trustees and Patrons, I would like to thank you for agreeing to help transform society to be more values-based, by being an affiliate and actively modelling values.
I am delighted that Affiliate numbers are growing, as more people realise the transformational power of living a values-based life and hear about the work of our Foundation or visit our website .
News from Affiliates:
Two Affiliates have written to me about how engaging consciously with values is affecting their lives.
Affiliate Dr. Danny Buckley, Programme Director – Help to Grow Management at De Montfort University recently wrote to me saying:
“I always try my best to live and work from a values-based foundation. Two values that are important to me are compassion and empathy. I feel these values provide me with a positive mindset and approach, which helps me during my day-to-day interactions with colleagues, students, friends, and family.
Although I feel that these values help me to become the best version of myself, I often struggle with them as well, after all, nobody’s perfect - right? For instance, sometimes although I try, I sometimes fail to see things from the perspective of others before making important decisions. I am currently working on this and now actively encourage myself to pause before I react or respond to specific incidents.
Another related area I am currently struggling with and working on is self-compassion. Although I feel that I prioritise compassion and empathy for others, I have recently found that I often struggle to show myself these same values when faced with personal failings.
Living with a values-based mindset is a journey, therefore I am considering myself to be a work in progress!
I wonder if you have similar thoughts when working with your values?
Affiliate, El (Xiaotian) Chen, creative arts teacher, gives us another insight. El helps people, such as prisoners, to explore character strengths (values), relational wellbeing, and communal bonding. She’s come to find performing arts as an incredible conduit for us to explore, practice, and integrate new ways of acting and being. She says:
The commitment I’m making for my work and life, is to open up the beauty aperture of myself and communities around me; to be courageous, trusting, and vibrant, and open spaces around me for these human attributes to be embodied through creative arts. It is reminding myself to renew my intentions, pausing when I'm in my head, and giving up being right or looking good as my priorities. I see my life filled with opportunities for renewal and nourishment.
Please email me if you would like to share how values are playing a role in your life and work.
Values-based Education (VbE).
IVET’s successful educational side, led by CEO Bridget Knight, is continuing to profoundly affect thousands of children worldwide. You can download the latest newsletter here: VbE Newsletter
Do you have an hour or so in a week that you can donate to support the admin of our Affiliate scheme? Do email me to discuss if you can help.
Thank you to those of you who have donated to our Foundation – so appreciated.
The IVET foundation is your foundation, a movement for social change that supports the flourishing of individuals, groups and our beautiful planet. Please email me with your suggestions how as a movement we can be more effective.
Warmest good wishes.
Founder of the IVET Foundation – see IVET Foundation
Contact Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org