50 Values Tournament: The Inspiration
The Little Fella (that’s my youngest son; he’s 11) discovered bracketology last year at the Christmas family ping pong tournament. Since then, he has compiled countless brackets, filled with imaginary teams with every conceivable nickname. He is currently working on what will become his masterpiece, a 512-team tournament hand-drawn on 12 pieces of paper taped together. (What an accomplishment it will be to be crowned champion of that one!)
50 Values Tournament: The Concept
When I talk to people about values storying, they readily recognize the importance of passing our values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell…and re-tell. However, one issue continues to surface: where to start. We all have stories. We all have values. We even communicate our values through our stories, even if unwittingly.
Identifying our values and connecting them purposefully in our stories seems to be the greatest difficulty for most people. Well, that and getting the next generation to listen. I think we can accomplish both objectives if we can pinpoint the most important values to each of us. Our core values may be different, but engaging in a conversation will bring our most important ones to light.
I invite you to join me in the 50 Values Tournament over the next few Fridays here on the Values Storying blog. We’ll look at 50 different commonly-esteemed values and narrow them down each week. This is not to deem any standard invaluable but, instead, to help us prioritize our values. In turn, this will help us prioritize the stories we tell…and re-tell.
50 Values Tournament: The Format
Here’s how we’ll narrow down the initial 50 values to the one this forum deems the number one priority, with each round open for voting for one week:
- Preliminary Principles (through 10/30/14):
- Ten groups of five values
- Voters choose two from each group.
- Top two in each group plus next four vote-getters (24 total) advance
- Twenty-Four Motives (through 11/6/14):
- Six groups of four values
- Voters choose one from each group.
- Top in each group plus next two vote-getters (8 total) advance
- Elite Ethics (through 11/13/14):
- Eight pairs of values
- Voters choose one from each pair.
- Four advance
- Final Four Morals (through 11/20/14):
- One group of four values
- Voters choose one value as their highest priority.
- One “winner” of the values storying community’s highest ideal.
Let’s get started. Engage in the Preliminary Principles Round 1 below. Feel free to use the comment section for any or all groups to express yourself. I’ll be sharing some of the feedback each week as the 50 Values Tournament progresses.
(Note: Don’t get mad at me for “making you” eliminate certain values. I value them all. (See what I did there?) It’s not a matter of if they are important; it’s a matter of how important.)
Keep the conversation about the 50 Values Tournament going on Twitter by using hashtag #50Values.
Thanks for adding your voice to this values storying conversation!
For the next generation,
[bluebox]Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.
Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) and is currently compiling his faith stories into his second major work, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), due out around the first of November. He is writing that book completely outside of the typical work week in order to develop a blueprint for busy people with a valuable story to tell to be able to tell their stories. Subscribe to his email list to stay up to date on his progress.