The Open Technology Initiative’s field team, whose colors I fly, took a day-long retreat at Bloombars in Columbia Heights a couple weeks ago. We discussed our shared values as a team, building towards a values and mission statement for our work at OTI. We’ll bring this statement into the full OTI retreat in February, as will the policy and tech teams. Our goal there is to construct a vision, mission and values statement for OTI from each team’s own work.
One exercise had us jot down our personal values that we bring to our work. I haven’t done this since my AIESEC days, so it was great to take stock of my values at this point in my life. The values I wrote down are as follows:
What I believe about my work:
- Collaboration is better than competition.
- Competition is better than conflict.
- All relationships are based on trust and communication.
- I am working on transforming human communication.
- I like working with cutting edge open source technology developed with values.
- I have things to teach and I have a lot to learn.
- I want to be a force that changes trajectories.
- I like minimal, but clear, definitions.
- My true joy is expressing myself and sharing in others’ expressions of themselves in their way.
- I believe in platforms, not processes.
- Changes aren’t permanent, but change is.