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Values Thinking

Started Sep 13, 2019

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Full course description




1 Hour





What you'll learn:

After completing the Values Thinking microcredit course, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate your own values Assess the values of others (e.g. students, organizations, communities)
  2. Grapple with (without dismissing) other people’s values, even if you disagree with them
  3. Communicate based on the values of your audience Apply Values Thinking to real-world situations in your own life.

What you'll do:

Through a self-assessment, then learn about Values Thinking, and how to use it. The course offers a case study exercise that challenges you to reflect on your personal values and consider how they differ from others. The course concludes with a final self-assessment and a quick toolkit for you use in any future scenarios that call for Values Thinking.

Who this course is designed for:

General audience, human resources, managers/ workplace leaders, mediators, those who work with the public, mentors, team leads, politicians, city planners, designers, and job seekers or career changers.

What you'll receive:

Upon fulfilling course requirements, participants will receive a certificate indicating 5 recertification hours from Arizona State University.

Meet the instructors

Annie Hale

Annie is the Director of Research and Development for the Sustainability Science Education Project (SSE) housed in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. She directs a variety of educational programs targeting sustainability science and 21st century learning. Her goal is to inspire, engage, and empower a variety of publics, from teachers to community leaders, with an enhanced understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology.

Dr. John Harlow

Dr. John Harlow. Postdoctoral scholar for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU. John develops content and instructional materials for the Sustainability Science Education Project at ASU’s Biodesign Institute and pays detailed attention to learning formats and content development styles focusing on lexical levels, accessibility of content, and design aesthetic of our virtual assets. His current research studies strategic intervention points for process innovations focused on solving sustainability problems using behavioral science, design, and digital tools.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the skills and practices I will learn during the course?

Each learner will start their journey of these skills and practices: Values-focused thinking, sustainability-minded thinking, problem-solving. Assessment of personal, organizational, and other values. Point of view assessment, justice, equity, and multi-stakeholder communication techniques.

Is this a standalone course? Or are there other ways of thinking that I should explore?

In coming months we will be added the full ecosystem which includes Futures, Systems, and Strategic Thinking to accompany Values Thinking.

Is Values Thinking a critical leadership quality?

The importance of values and Values Thinking has been written about at length related to the values at the company and individual levels. A quick google search on the idea will turn result in about 147,000,000 returns in about 0.55 seconds. The idea is at the core of sustainability practices, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and pathways toward a more inclusive, thoughtful, and diverse future.