7. Where next?

We hope that this handbook will be the beginning of a conversation – and that this site can help take it further.

We certainly don’t have all the answers, and we invite you to come and get involved. We welcome comments and feedback.

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Further reading, watching, and listening…

Living values: A report encouraging boldness in third sector organisations, as discussed previously, was published by Community Links in 2006.

Michael Sandel’s 2009 Reith Lectures, broadcast on the BBC, cover the moral dimensions of modern politics; in markets, scientific advancement, and civic involvement. Sandel argues for the reframing and renewal of political discourse in line with the democratic values held by society – which include community-feeling, trust and altruism – rather than the ‘values’ and pressures of the market.

RSA’s 21st Century Enlightenment Essay by Matthew Taylor was published in 2010, and argues the case for updating the ‘Enlightenment model’ and promoting a more empathic and self-aware society, to increase autonomy and wellbeing. Watch it discussed here (or the full length version).

The High Price of Materialism by Tim Kasser, published in 2002, examines the relationship between materialism and other extrinsic goals, and how they seem to be rooted in a sense of threat or insecurity. It explores the negative association between materialism and wellbeing (which even seems to show up in people’s dreams); and between materialism and worse ecological and social outcomes.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us by Dan Pink was published in 2009. It is written as a guide for private sector organisations seeking to motivate their employees, but its findings are applicable far more broadly. Pink delves into the widely-neglected social science literature on human motivation, finding that a sense of purpose and autonomy are key to satisfying and engaging work. Unfortunately, externally-imposed carrots and sticks can undermine these intrinsic motivations – which is why monetary incentives often make us perform worse. Overall, it calls for “a renaissance of self-direction” and the creation of spaces in which to pursue intrinsic goals.

Watch him giving an RSA lecture here, or the shorter RSA Animate below.

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  • http://www.lozenges.me Amarjyoti Acharya

    A beautiful and comprehensive charter. It perhaps might be investigated over what renders some values seem as “old fuddy-daddies” to many in the young people. The encouragement to examine one’s values before acceptance or rejection of one’s own values and those of others (introspection and analysis usually suffices) may help in fostering the much needed independence that young people seek. That such charters are descriptions of patterns of behaviour that function within a context and is not the be-all-or-end-all of the world may equally be encouraged. That the notion of rational & intelligent arise from the ability to see far ahead in terms of consequences & thus responsibilities. That such consequences & thus responsibilities need not and do not pertain to one evening or a day or a week or just a year but also translate into how we walk our future generation into the school or the park. In cases where one chooses to opt for something else, then one also may have the ability to see the equal rights of others to certain common goods – like the planet earth. Freedom is always equal and equally for others. The charter merely helps point towards the less and the more responsible roles and functions one may assume for oneself – when speaking about holding a value or values. The necessity to live in a community life need not necessarily mean a curtailment of one’s innate freedom. It usually never is – except ensure that one respects the equal rights of others as equally well as one seeks to observe/enjoy/practice/live one’s own.