I’m Geri Peak, founder of Two Gems Consulting Services. I believe we must transform ourselves continually in order to contribute successfully to the advancement of society. The Virtues Project expanded my capacity to communicate ideas about the people and programs I support. Now I regularly promote virtues as descriptors and metrics and integrate the Five Strategies of the Virtues Project™ seamlessly into an approach I call Virtues Evaluation.
Virtues that Measure Up expands this 100 virtues list with additional principles gleaned from universal divine and spiritual attributes. Recently, emphasizing critical qualities like equitable and liberatory helps me optimize the repair of harms and center justice for people facing systemic oppression, while advancing excellence in evaluation practice.
And virtues also help us measure us! Virtues strengthen our perceptiveness and receptivity, providing benchmarks to strive towards and measure against and open dignified pathways away from narrow thinking inspired by falsehoods and omissions from our collective story towards acceptance and restoration of hard truths.
Anchoring practice in spirit honors traditional wisdom and restores balance, harmonizing revelation with investigation across centuries and millennia: e.g. the oneness of humanity appears worldwide in creation stories as humans being molded from the same dust or clay, a sign of our materiality. These diverse, yet unified elements highlight our fundamental unity and tie the recognition of oneness to global peace. These simple clues to our unity predate the false doctrine of race, yet have only recently been confirmed. As Manulani Aluli Meyer asserts: we are remembering what we already (k)new. (Image: Mate Masie, the Adinkra symbol for wisdom and perceptiveness).
Virtues help reform dominant culture biases and superiority sickness that hinder honest assessment and encourage diminishing hierarchies through openness, so that all may contribute to knowledge generation and advance understanding. When you transform, you cannot go back to what you were before.
- Virtues picks can help you know your virtues landscape — try adding them to your reflection routine to consider what qualities they affirm in you and/or invite you to develop to hone your capacity to see more clearly and deeply.
- A Virtues Five Card Spread identifies five virtues to reflect upon a question, problem or situation and hold for reflection over a period of time.
- Feeling stuck, mad, annoyed, disappointed? Find a virtue that is needed to push through. How does centering that virtue build capacity, resilience, endurance? Define what it looks like to practice it with integrity and use it as a boundary to keep you safe.
- Pick a virtue with your team, collaborators or clients to center your meetings or find closure.
The American Evaluation Association is hosting Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from authors who are exploring intuition and the thread that connects the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and the structural in evaluation.
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