Discover important values with these simple questions

Values remind us of what we consider to be important and are a guideline to determine which actions are good. Values say something about the needs, expectations and ideals we have. People have quite a few differences in the needs, expectations and ideals, and these differences often lead to discussions and conflicts. Discussions can keep on going because we don’t know exactly what the disagreement is. It’s not always easy to discover important values underlying the conflict. You could check … Read More

What is ethics?

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How should we treat other people? How should we treat animals? How should we deal with unborn and future generations? How should we deal with issues related to poverty, sexuality, reproduction, environment, immigration, health care, etc.? What is the right thing to do and how do we determine what the right thing is? Everybody thinks consciously or subconsciously about these questions, regardless of cultural background, nationality, profession, gender or age. Every day as a citizen, entrepreneur, employee or organization we … Read More

How to listen really well

Some time ago I received a newsletter from Danielle LaPorte in my mailbox: Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard. Listening Is not waiting for your turn to talk. It’s not devising your case in between pauses. It’s not just about understanding what the other person means, necessarily And it’s certainly not about agreeing. Wait a minute… I repeat: It’s not just about understanding what the other person means, necessarily I had to really think about … Read More

How can you avoid unnecessary criticism on your environmental project?

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When you work on socially and politically sensitive issues, at some point you will receive critique. – everybody knows that. You will have to deal with people or organizations who do not feel heard, or who feel that their interests are at stake. This makes the implementation of environmental projects difficult and frustrating. Stakeholders block your project, keep on debating about it, and consuming all your time, by objecting, but also by withdrawing their critical investment or cooperation, which you … Read More