Values- feedback needed!

The Values Committee brainstormed and the following is a working draft. Just as with the mission statement, we want to hear what members think! Please comment with questions and thoughts.

What we came up with:

We recognize, respect, and appreciate the differences that shape our community as well as challenge us to dig deeper and grow stronger. By coming together through our commonality we give visibility to our uniqueness.

We value shared power within hotpot! and the broader community to ensure all voices are heard. Our vision of shared power catalyses our action toward social justice.

Hotpot! continues to evolve as our members grow and change. We embrace change when it serves us and strive to adapt creatively in order to sustain the work of this community.

(One big paragraph?)

We recognize, respect, and appreciate the differences that shape our community as well as challenge us to dig deeper and grow stronger. By coming together through our commonality we give visibility to our uniqueness. We value shared power within hotpot! and the broader community to ensure all voices are heard. Our vision of shared power catalyses our action toward social justice. Hotpot! continues to evolve as our members grow and change. We embrace change when it serves us and strive to adapt creatively in order to sustain the work of this community.

Some of our thinking behind each value:

Valuing Differences:

– you can’t love, respect, appreciate each other without valuing differences

– recognizing that we all come from diff backgrounds

– understanding that differences are what make our community what it is*

– your experience shaped by your differences informs my world view *

– emphasis on Visibility which ties into community/love (?)

Shared Power:

– we create hotpot! the way we envision the world to be

– shared power in the broader community and in the world

– shared power reflects both the ideas of shared leadership within hotpot and in the broader community

– ensuring that everyone’s voices are heard within hotpot and in b. community *

– builds the foundation for equality, social justice, activism*

Sustainability:

– adapting creatively*

– evolving/evolution/transformation as need arises

– we are not static

– value change when it serves us*

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