Statement of Our Values in Action

Adopted: August 12, 2013

Our Values:
The Pollyanna Principles represent the core of values upon which all actions and decisions at Creating the Future are based.

  1. We accomplish what we hold ourselves accountable for.
  2. Each and every one of us is creating the future, every day, whether we do so consciously or not.
  3. Everyone and everything is interconnected and interdependent, whether we acknowledge that or not.
  4. “Being the change we want to see” means walking the talk of our values.
  5. Strength builds upon our strengths, not our weaknesses.
  6. Individuals will go where systems lead them

Putting those Values into Action
The following represents our commitment to what those principles will look like in every decision we make and every action we take, at all levels of the organization.

  • In every decision we make and every action we take, we will be mindful that we are creating the future with everything we do. We will therefore see every decision within that context, seeing means within ends and not as ends themselves.
  • In every decision we make and every action we take, we will commit to walking the talk of our values – the Pollyanna Principles – and walking the talk of the practices and approaches we teach.
  • In every decision we make and every action we take, we will honor each other, assuming that systems fail before individuals fail, and vowing to create systems that prevent bad things from happening by reaching for what is possible and calling upon ourselves to reach for that high potential.
  • In every decision we make and every action we take, we will create systems that are compassionate and that zoom in on the “real” reality of the situation, being explicit of our assumptions and judgements so that our decisions are rooted in reality that is, to the best of our ability, empty of (or at least cognizant of) those assumptions.
  • In every decision we make and every action we take, this statement of our values in action will be the basis for decisions throughout the organization, and the basis of how we relate to others.
  • In every decision we make and every action we take, we will hold dear the value of creative conversation and exploration, inviting open participation in every discussion unless there are legal reasons for keeping that discussion closed, or unless it would go counter to our other values (for example, treating others with compassion re: their own privacy) to have that discussion be held openly.