World Values Day 2020

World Values Day 2020 was held on October 15th and along with my colleagues in the Canadian Values Community we took to social media to share how we’re putting values more at the heart of everything we do and bringing them to life.

Posts were viewed, shared and liked thousands of times, with the UK Values Alliance social media campaign on Twitter reaching the timelines of 72 million people around the world! The day helped people everywhere remember what matters most and how to put that into action.

World Values Day 2020

Here are a few of our favourite Thinking Partners Inc. posts for World Values Day 2020:

October 9th:
We co-hosted the very first Canadian Values Conversations, Vancouver (2018), as part of a national initiative to discover what matters most to Canadians. Here are some of the top values selected.

What value most resonates with you right now (from the list or another)? How have you lived or seen this value-in-action? Share a note, photo or image and tell us!

Top Canadian Values

October 13th:
Counting down to World Values Day on October 15th!!
We shared a post by our colleague Phil Clothier, from the Barrett Values Centre, with this fun video about World Values Day.

October 15th:
Today is World Values Day! A lot matters to me these days but these 2 things: Family & Nature matter most. I can get through anything when I’m connected to these. For #WVD 2020 what matters most to you and how are you living it?

#worldvaluesday #CDN_Values #CanadianValuesConversations

Global COVID-19 Culture Assessment

The Global COVID-19 Culture Assessment recently conducted by Barrett Values Centre revealed how our values and cultures are changing and evolving during the pandemic.

BVC COVID-19 culture assessment

Research not only shows how values are shifting, but provides key elements needed on the path to recover and thrive.

On the results landing page you can find tools to dig deeper into the data and meaning for organizations, including a recording of a recent webinar.

For leaders and organizations looking to navigate the impact of COVID-19 and designing the ‘next normal,’ feel free to get in touch with us.  For over 15 years we have assisted leaders and organizations to create cultures that help their organizations thrive.

Core Gift Podcast with Monica Adair

The Core Gift Institute recently launched a series of podcasts featuring intriguing people who are living their core gifts to the fullest, and as a result, building strong community. Check out the conversation between Bruce Anderson and Monica Adair, Founding Partner of Acre Architects, a boutique New Brunswick-based firm that specializes in a collaborative practice of Storied Architecture.

Listen to the podcast on the Core Gift website.

Monica Adair of Acre Architects

World Values Day 2019

At Thinking Partners we talk a lot about values and strive to live them vibrantly. Working with our clients, we help them identify and connect with their core values, to bring them more to life for greater fulfillment and impact.

World Values Day 2019
A walk in the forest (pics from last weekend in Stanley Park) always feeds my wellbeing.

This year’s World Values Day theme on October 17th is “Values and Wellbeing.”

“When we are not aligned with our values, our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others will suffer.” A first step to increasing your own wellbeing is to identify your core values, and this handy “Take a Values Break Guide,” prepared by the organizers of World Values Day, can help you identify those values that are important to you while you drink your morning coffee.

Coach Danae Johnson celebrating World Values Day 2019

Once you’ve identified your values, it’s important to act on them. That could mean going for a walk in nature, turning your cellphone off for an entire weekend, learning a new language (might take more than a weekend!) volunteering with a local organization, calling a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with. It’s the action that propels you towards a feeling of increased wellbeing and happiness. The more often you take actions that help you to live your values, the greater the sense of wellbeing!

Here are some ways to get involved:

 Happy World Values day!

How Does Coaching Actually Help Leaders?

Have you ever wondered how exactly coaching helps leaders? Or maybe you’re curious about the leadership coaching process itself. In a detailed and informative article in Forbes, writer and coach Carley Sime walks the reader through the top benefits coaching clients cite when asked about their coaching experiences. From increased self-awareness and confidence to an improved family life, recent research suggests that coaching has significant positive impacts, especially for female leaders.

benefits of coaching for leaders
Coaching benefits leaders in measurable ways.

Read the full article in Forbes

What is your experience of the benefits of coaching? Are there others you would add to Sime’s list?

Report on Canadian Values Conversations

On May 1st 2018 we co-hosted the very first Canadian Values Conversations – Vancouver, part of a national initiative to understand more about the values Canadians want to see more fully lived in their families, communities and across the country. Our colleagues, and national organizers, David Jamieson, Sharon McIntyre and Marilyn Taylor, created a report explaining the results of the Values Conversations and how they connect to the overall goal of “to make talking about our values a habit”.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Vancouver conversations, and we hope you find the report enlightening and informative. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the results and/or ways in which you’re talking about or living your values – please share in the comments section below.

Danae & Charles, Canadian Values Conversations – Vancouver co-hosts

5 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Community

In May, with our colleagues at CE Holmes Consulting Inc., we co-hosted the Vancouver edition of the Canadian Values Conversations, and had the privilege of hearing from some Vancouver BC residents about what matters most to them.

One of the key questions we all walked away with was, “How can we bring our values more to life in our communities?” In this blog we’re exploring 5 simple ways you can use your own values to make a real difference in your community – whether that’s your family, group of friends, team at work, associations you’re part of or more broadly.

1. Identify what matters most to you

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It’s easier to take action when you are clear about your passions. What do you value most? As values can change, it’s a good idea to do a check-in with yourself every few years to discover – or re-affirm – what matters most to you. You can do this in a few different ways.

  • The DIY route – reflect and note down 3 times over the past year that you’ve felt most happy or fulfilled. Think about: what you were doing, who you were with, what did you feel connected to? Draw your values out from these experiences.
  • The assessment route – the Barrett Values Centre offers a free, online values assessment that will help you to identify your core values:
  • The coaching route – partnering with a coach is an effective way to uncover the values that are most important to you, especially if you are looking to bring those values more to life personally and professionally.

2. Connect with others

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Now you know what your values are, a next step can be to connect, either with those who share similar values or by exploring values that are different to yours. If you are looking to connect with people who share some of the same values and find your community or “tribe”, check out your local newspaper, Facebook groups or ask friends and colleagues. If a group or organization does not yet exist in your passion or interest area, consider starting one by reaching out to people you feel might share similar values.

3. Listen


You know what matters to you, and perhaps you’ve found others who share these values, so what next? Listening is a powerful tool when you want to make a difference. Listen to understand others’ needs and dreams; don’t offer solutions or even ideas for now, just really listen to what they’re saying. Once you feel you have understood what those around you need, you can move on to taking action.

4. Take Action

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Whether you’ve gone through steps 1 to 3 or found another route that works well for you, taking action will likely be your next move. What “action” looks like will depend on many factors. For some, it could be updating language used on a website or newsletter so it better reflects an organization’s core purpose; for others, it could be sending off funding applications, starting a coffee morning for new Canadians, reflecting on 3 things you are grateful for every day, or making a new habit to connect with people you don’t know well – actions can be small or big. What matters most is to do something that you feel brings your values more to life…

5. Inspire others

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Positivity is contagious! Celebrate and share what you, others and/or your community are doing to inspire others either to join you or take action in a way that fits their values. Use social media, email signatures, word of mouth, letters or articles in local papers, community centre notice boards, and so on. Use the hashtag #WorldValuesDay to share your efforts and be inspired by others who are taking values-based action to make positive changes around the globe. World Values Day happens once a year, but the positive impacts it inspires happen every day!!

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Co-Creating a Canada by Design – Canadian Values Conversations, Vancouver

On May 1st, 2018, 50 people gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in the heart of Vancouver, BC, to be part of a conversation about what matters most to them.

The Vancouver event was part of a national initiative: the Canadian Values Conversations, which aims to “create a national awareness and an understanding about values to foster a sense of shared purpose that spur change in neighbourhoods, communities, cities and regions across Canada toward a future that we want for us and for our children and grandchildren.”

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CVC-Vancouver facilitators prepare for a dynamic evening of conversation and dialogue on what matters most to Canadians

Beneath the beautiful cedar beams of one of Vancouver’s oldest surviving buildings, participants were invited to take their place in a large circle for a few moments of silent reflection. After introductions from the core organizing team, including an introduction to the space and overview of intention and process, the larger group dispersed to the 10 values stations that had been set up around the cathedral.

Each value station corresponded to one of the 10 Future Values as chosen by Canadians in the national survey. At each station an experienced facilitator guided lively and interesting conversations about values ranging from affordable housing to future generations.

The breadth and depth of input from participants was astounding, and the feedback received at the end of the evening suggested these types of discussion are much needed in today’s Canada.


“I was moved as we talked about what our personal values mean to us, especially as we don’t do it very often. To this day I still believe it’s one of the fastest ways to connect with another person. The evening was a powerful and intriguing mix of Canadians’ unique perspectives and also what we have in common.” ~ Danae Johnson, Co-Host of the CVC, Vancouver event

“This evening felt like the beginning of a conversation that would ripple out from this incredible space. As we sat in a closing circle people suggested that the evening provided an opening for conversations that would continue in dining rooms, restaurants and coffee shops. We hope the insights, care and compassion continue to ripple!” ~ Charles Holmes, Co-Host of the CVC, Vancouver event

Feedback from participants after the event:

“It highlighted for me the importance of such dialogue in the various circles we each move in. When done in a safe space, like that one was, it can really help us understand other people’s perspectives and how much they care about the same things even if they show it differently.”

“Congratulations on a most excellent event! I think we need to do more of this. Our democracy could use this kind of medicine.”

“I want to acknowledge the work you put into this and the passion you demonstrated. It was wonderful being a part of the conversation and meeting some great people.”

Stay tuned for more updates on the National Values Survey and outcomes! This conversation is just starting to blossom!

What Do You Value Most? The Vancouver Values Café & the Canadian Values Conversations Initiative

As Canadians, we pride ourselves on being “unique.” But what does that really mean?

In a rapidly shifting global context what values do we want to be reflected in the future of Canada? How much do we differ or align in what we want for Canada across gender, generations, regions, ethnicities?

vancouver values café

These are the kinds of questions currently being asked by the Canadian Values Conversations initiative.

The initiative hopes to create a national awareness and an understanding about values to foster a sense of shared purpose that will spur change in neighbourhoods, communities, cities and regions across Canada toward a future that we want for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren. This year is the first of what we hope will be a national Canadian habit every couple of years to revisit our hopes and to track our progress! We want to foster citizen engagement toward a future by design!

2 key ways for citizens to be involved:

Do both or do one – either way, get involved! At the end of the online survey you’ll be able to see how your values compare to those of your fellow Canadian citizens.

Vancouver Values Café: An Opportunity for You to Shape Canada’s Future!

This will be an interactive space for you to share thoughts about your values and the values you would like to see shaping the future of your community and country. Values will be chosen based on responses from the Canadian Values Conversations survey.

As a member of the Canadian Values Alliance I’m excited to be co-organizing this event with my colleague Charles Holmes.

canadian values conversations

Everyone is welcome to attend this evening of sharing, learning and great conversation – we hope to engage a diverse group of participants in these conversations. The event is free.

Sign up now to participate and ensure your voice is heard!

We look forward to seeing you on May 1st!