Building a values-driven nation: An evening with Richard Barrett
Why is public confidence in political leaders and democratic institutions nearing an all-time low? With Western economies having some of the world's oldest and most established democracies, why are citizens becoming increasingly skeptical about their politicians, less attached to political parties, and less trusting of government institutions?
According to global cultural expert Richard Barrett, the answer to these questions lies in a shift in values.
Modern political democracies are built on power and authority. But citizens have moved on and no longer want political agendas to be controlled by power-seeking political elites and political parties. They want a voice and to be part of the decision making that affects their daily lives. They want dialogue and they want to be heard. They want government to support them in satisfying their needs.
Based on the results of comprehensive national studies conducted into the values of people living in over 25 different countries, Barrett believes a clear message is being sent to leaders. Citizens want their values - the things they consider most important - to be driving the national policy agenda.
Barrett will show that the degree to which citizens' needs are met - the degree to which people feel happy - is not linked to the level of democracy, nor to the level of human development; it is linked to the character and quality of leadership, and to the amount of care and attention leaders give to meeting the needs of their people.
Richard Barrett (FRSA) is an author, speaker and societal commentator on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is founder and chairman of the Barrett Values Centre and an internationally recognized thought leader on values, culture and leadership. He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) currently being used in 60 countries to support more than 4,000 organizations and leaders in their transformational journeys. He is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Consulting and Coaching for Change leadership course run by the Said Business School at the University of Oxford and HEC in Paris. He is also adjunct professor at Royal Roads University, Institute for Values Based Leadership, and visiting lecturer at the One Planet MBA at Exeter University.
Barrett is the author of A Guide to Liberating Your Soul (1995), Liberating the Corporate Soul: Building a Visionary Organization (1998), Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation (2006), The New Leadership Paradigm (2011), Love, Fear and the Destiny of Nations: The Impact of the Evolution of Human Consciousness on World Affairs(2013), and What My Soul Told Me: A Guide to Soul Activation (2013). He is a contributing author to Psychometrics in Coaching (2012).