Why Choose Value-Based Actions ?

You will find volunteers all around the world. Probably in thousands of different voluntary organizations. Have you wondered why people become volunteers? What is their motivation, and what drives them to do voluntary work? Can their values affect their actions as volunteers?  

Respect. Honesty. No discrimination.
— Three personal values written by a Youth Volunteer in Tanahun District, Nepal

Youth Volunteers answer of their values, Tanahun District, Nepal. Photo: Ola Opdal.

Motivation Affects Our Behavior and Actions

Motivation can be explained as the power that affect our behavior and actions. We can divide our motivation into inner- and outer motivation (Intrinsic- and extrinsic motivation). The outer motivation is coming from someone else outside yourself. The salary can motivate you to do your job, people’s positive feedback can motivate you to continue with playing football and expectations from your family can motivate you to study harder for your exams. But what happens when the outer motivation factor disappear? Do your actions change? Do your behavior change?

Inner motivation refers to behavior and action that is driven by internal award.  “Why are you doing this?” is a question that often comes up. I think many volunteers have strong inner motivation because of their answer of “why?” Often is the answers about their values. The values that affects how they want to behave. The values of their ethical standards. Because when they know their values, then they can find the inner motivation of their actions and behavior.  


Crating Value-based Facilitation and action

This weekend 12 Youth Volunteers in Tanahun participated in a training to become District Level Facilitators of future trainings. During this training, they reflected upon value-based facilitation. Step one in facilitation is to know your values and yourself. If you do not know why you want to volunteer as a facilitator, what is then your inner motivation? If you do not know what you think is right or wrong, how can you lead others? One youth volunteer wrote three important aspect of his/her values:

1. I give respect to others and I expect that they also respect me.
2.  I am honest.
3. Equality
— Youth Volunteer, Tanahun District, Nepal.

The notes from the youth volunteers shows that the volunteer want to facilitate the district level trainings because of an inner motivation of crating equality, respect, friendship, non-discriminaton and honesty among participants.

Everyone should be:
Equally treated
Facilities should be equally provided
— Youth Volunteer, Tanahun District, Nepal.

This Youth Volunteers from Tanahun District, Nepal, has become Facilitators at District Level, and they all have chosen value-based facilitation.

Now you can try to write down your top-3 values. Maybe your future actions will feel right in your heart because they are matching your values. I hope value-based action can contribute with boosting your inner motivation!


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