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World Values Day: Putting our values into action - why is it so hard?

London Knowledge Cafe (October 2016)


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Knowledge Cafe


Gurteen Knowledge


Thu 20 Oct 2016


Greencoat Place Meeting and Conference Centre 


London, United Kingdom

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David Gurteen



Knowledge Cafe



Date: Thursday 20th October 2016, 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This is a free event. Please arrive at 6:00pm or shortly after, which will give you time to settle in and meet other people. There will be some light refreshments available. The Café itself will start prompt at 6:30pm.

Theme: "Putting our values into action - why is it so hard?"

Values are the things that are important to us, the foundations of our lives. They are deeply held principles that guide our choices and behaviours and influence our emotions.. They are our motivators, our drivers, the passion in our hearts and the reason why we do the things we do.

A 2013 UK survey compared personal values with those the contributors saw in the country. Top personal values included “caring”, “family” and “honesty”. The most prominent values in the country were “bureaucracy” “crime/violence”, “corruption”, and “blame”, quite a disconnect! If we all lived the values we hold dear could there be the change in society, which many are seeking?

This Knowledge Café will explore the complexity of living our values and also discuss how we can be just a little more courageous putting our values into practice.

World Values Day

The Knowledge Café is being held as part of World Values Day. World Values Day: 20th October 2016 will be the first truly international World Values Day. The objective of the Day is to raise and deepen the awareness and practice of values all around the world.

World Values Day will provide an opportunity to think about our most deeply held values and to act on them. If we are aware to our values and put them into action each and every day, we can change our lives and change the world we live in.

See the World Values Day website www.worldvaluesday.com for information on events and activities taking place around the world as well as many useful tools and resources that can help in exploring our own values and those of our organisations and communities.

The Speakers

Charles Fowler Charles spent a few years practising as a Barrister before spending over 30 years in asset management, investment banking and private equity. He had a ring-side seat to watch the enormous cultural (and values) transformation of the City of London that followed the “Big Bang” globalisation of the financial sector in the 1980s, first as co- Chair of one of one of the City's oldest investment houses, John Govett & Co., and then heading up a small investment boutique. He currently chairs the Human Values Foundation, is a member of the Steering Group of the UK Values Alliance, and has been one of the main organisers behind World Values Day.

Judith Mills Judith was brought up in a family where being of service to others was practiced and values lived except her family did not use the word ‘values'. She worked for M&S in HR for 16 years and her last project was to lead a group to determine and publish what the Companies Personnel Principles were, its values. Six years later she found myself listening to Richard Barrett who developed a model of values. Since then she has been using the model and speaking the word ‘values' in her work as a coach and facilitator. One of her drivers is to help herself and others discover and live their values. She is a member of the UK Values Alliance.

Thanks: The premises have been generously provided by Initiatives of Change.

Venue: Greencoat Place Meeting and Conference Centre

24 Greencoat Place

Directions: From Victoria Station walk down Vauxhall Bridge Road towards the river. Turn left at Rochester Row. Left at Stillington Street and then Right to Greencoat Place. No 24 is on the left hand side of the road.


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