Elaine Brett spoke at the Aug. 1 Rotary Club of the North Fork Valley about the "Heart and Soul Did We Get It Right? Survey."
Brett said she read how organizations, groups and communities determine their values.
She said one of the star examples was Rotary and their four-way test.
The four-way test was written in 1932 by Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. It states, "The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do. 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
Brett said there are things that always come up in surveys around the world no matter the culture or society. "Rotary values have been called out as a guiding force and a statement of how you are to be," she said.
Many have asked Brett why there is a Heart and Soul Project. "What we have been doing over the last year and a half is collecting what people think are the commonalities, the common values, the things that really matter to this community."
The goal was to help the community in its future decision-making. Heart and Soul received input from over a thousand people about what matters most to this community.
The Heart and Soul office at 130 Grand Avenue in Paonia is papered with meeting notes.
All that input was distilled down to nine value statements. The current survey asks individuals to rate the value statements. The idea was to get a good cross section of people representative of those who live in the North Fork Valley.
Brett said some of the value statements are broad and general and some are controversial. People are asked to rate the statements from one to five, with one being not important at all and five being extremely important. Then the survey asks if there is anything missing. The survey can be found online at the www.northforkheartsoul.com/did-we-get-it-right.html. Submit the completed survey by Aug. 15 and enter to win a $100 gift card. All survey entries are due by Aug. 31.
"We're getting some really great responses right now," Brett said.
Brett was surprised about the value of diversity which was repeatedly mentioned by people.
Other values mentioned were concerned with freedom and independence.
The Heart and Soul organizers want people thinking and talking about the community. They want to facilitate a conversation on protecting values. "This survey is a tool to keep the conversation going. To get people thinking and talking about their community. We hope by describing what matters most and what is valued most by the people in this community we'll have a different basis for conversation. That instead of things being black and white, instead of just taking a hard stand, we can facilitate a conversation based on these values that are important to people," Brett said. "Wouldn't it be interesting if conversations about oil and gas weren't about 'I hate it' or 'I don't hate it' ...
but were about values of protecting the rural natural environment, small town feel and sense of community?"
Hopefully, these value statements can be considered when towns are reviewing their comprehensive plans.blog comments powered by Disqus