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What's Changing? - Values



Personal values are unique to every individual and can loosely be described as a set of beliefs or intuitive feelings inside our heads. They act unconsciously as a guide - telling us how comfortable we feel about different situations, 

Please see below selected recent values-related change:


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November 2022

  • As China works to re-shapes the existing world order, its officials argue that the values behind it are Western and not universal. Western leaders worry that China is merely trying to make the world safe for dictatorships. The Economist therefore examined whether universal values exist.


October 2022

  • According to a survey by The Harris Poll for Glassdoor, nearly one in three US employees said their current employer did not match their values. To help them find a company they could feel more aligned with, Glassdoor launched a new set of filters. On the website's 'company explorer' tool, users can apply advanced filters to expand their search in two main areas. The first is workplace ratings for factors like work/life balance and diversity and inclusion, and the second is by employee demographic ratings, which include race/ethnicity, gender, people with disabilities, sexual orientation and veterans


July 2022

  • According to Sonia Krolis, a Canadian clinical psychologist, one way of establishing a clearer sense of self is by identifying your values - the qualities that are important to you in life, such as honesty, spontaneity or ambition. Values help to answer the question: ‘What are you all about?’ Figuring out what matters to you is not always easy, however. For many, it can be helpful to work with a psychotherapist in trying to develop a clearer sense of self.


June 2022


October 2021

  • Studies have shown that there is a connection between authoritarian values and meaning in life. The writings of authoritarian leaders and radical revolutionaries routinely connect politics with purpose. Authoritarian regimes often come with all-encompassing worldviews attached, giving followers a false sense of understanding.


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November 2020

  • With data covering half a million surveys in 152 languages, Valuegraphics identified 56 values that influence human behaviour. It uncovered what people care most about around the world, through a contextualised dataset. Individual motivations and values are universally similar. That said, research shows that the hierarchy of these values varies significantly. According to Valuegraphics, the top 10 values we share across cultures are: Family, Relationships, Financial Security, Belonging, Community, Personal Growth, Loyalty, Religion/Spirituality, Employment Security and Personal Responsibility.
  • The 2020 US election revealed that Americans are more divided than they have been in decades. But they don't only disagree on policy: only 20 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew believe that supporters of Joe Biden and Donald Trump share the same core American values and goals for the country's future.


October 2020

  • What Happens When China Leads the World? looked at previous iterations of Chinese foreign relations, and suggested that China won’t be pacifist and will push ‘its values’. Historically,  the Chinese believed that their culture had a transformative power - it could change barbarism into civilisation. Confucius himself thought so. 


September 2020


May 2020

  • During a crisis like the Covid-19 outbreak people become acutely aware of a desire to do the right thing, and our expectations that others will do the same. This shared sense of right and wrong holds communities together even as circumstances keep them apart.  In the midst of a global pandemic, who would not want to do the right thing? Very few people are devoid of a sense of right and wrong; and even people who have problems with impulse control will often go to great lengths to avoid being found out because they know what they are doing is wrong. Our sense of right and wrong is likely to be felt quite sharply in the face of the crisis wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. There’s an imperative to do the right thing. The question is, though, what is the right thing to do, and can we always trust others to do it?


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February 2019

  • A German data scientist tried to prepare children for the age of Artificial Intelligence by emphasising what makes us uniquely human. To do this he created PISA - a test taken in 79 countries - to assess abilities in creativity, empathy, and collaboration. As Quartz reported, he hoped that signalling the importance of these skills might encourage educators to prioritise them, too.


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2018 and earlier

  • A Fast Company article warned that the most urgent, most critical work challenge does not come from customers, activists, or shareholders. The most urgent challenge lies within. According to the 2018 World Value Index, only 14% (of Americans) strongly agree that the values of their employer match their own. Another 28% say they somewhat agree, meaning a majority are spending the majority of their productive lives in environments they don’t fully believe in.
  • In Values Management and Value Creation in Business, the Bertelsmann Foundation asked how important it is to actually live a company's values and argued that values provide internal and external orientation and legitimise decisions and actions.
  • In The Virtue of Selfishness, controversial philosopher Ayn Rand claimed that one's own life is, for each individual, the ultimate value because it makes all other values possible.
  • "It makes us uncomfortable, but thinking about prudence, fortitude and temperance might be just what we need right now", claimed philosopher Mark Vernon. "Does humanity only value thing in pounds, dollars and euros? Or can we get to a new era of value; one where our happiness, our ability to be creative and where the knowledge that you are working with Nature and not destroying the future of the next generation to come is given a value much greater than that which can reside in a bank account?"
  • A professor and former dean at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University argued in a 2013 book that corporations should restructure around three key principles:
    • First, articulate clear values: why does the company exist, and what does it believe in?
    • Second, appoint “trustees” to protect the interests of stakeholders and uphold the values of the corporation.
    • Third, restrict voting shares to long-term investors - and he also believes that governments should use the corporate tax system to encourage “public values by private corporations”.