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What can you do to create a brighter future?
We humans are in danger of extinction through Covid-19, climate change and many other threats. We can all point our fingers at others, but first each of us has to take responsibility for the quality of our own thoughts and actions. I believe that it is not too late to change the direction of humanity so that our future and that of our beautiful world can be secured.
How can your future be bright? The key, is to think about the values that you live in your daily life. These values can be selfish (greedy) or selfless (thoughtfulness), even a mixture of the two. I have found that the key to keeping my life on a positive values-based course, is to regularly think about why I behave in the ways that I do?
If you engage in this daily process too, you will give yourself a wonderful life-enhancing capacity, which is to nurture what I have described as your ethical intelligence: your ability to self-regulate your behaviour for the good of yourself and others. So many people say they are unhappy, not realising that this stems from the choices they make in life, which are based on the values they live.
Transformation begins with children
For seven years as Headteacher of an urban community school in Oxfordshire, UK, I researched the impact of underpinning the school community with positive human values. Staff modelled the values and the community supported them. The impact was profound: it significantly improved the quality of education, giving both pupils and staff a powerful ethical compass for their lives,
As a consequence, I founded the charity called the International Values-based Education Trust (IVET), now called the IVET Foundation and its educational dimension Values-based Education (VbE), a movement for educational, corporate and social transformation, which is positively affecting millions of children worldwide.
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