If I truly want to live my values and align my work with my values, then it is important to state clearly what I value most and remind myself regularly of those values, otherwise I risk losing sight of them. Ideally my values will be apparent by my actions and words, but I know I fall short whether through mistakes or because of compromise. This list will provide a reminder to me to keep me focused on the things that matter. It may also provide ammunition for myself and others (please be kind) on those times I fall short. In no particular order:
- My wife and family - being present and supporting them
- Being true to my word
- Speaking carefully
- Listening carefully
- Exploring the world through learning, life long learning
- Entrepreneurship - Create more value than I capture (great phrase from Tim O'Reilly)
- Creativity (artistic to technical)
- Pursuing passions and interests
- Sharing what I know (I need to work harder on this)
- Community (I also need to work harder on this)
- Freedom of thought and expression
- Building things that contribute to the world by allowing people to create, share, or educate themselves in ways that weren't possible before
- Ownership of the things I create (doesn't have to be exclusive)
- Human rights - We are not done with this fight, and nearly everything we do has a moral component that touches on these issues.
- Having a sense of world citizenship - I think it's important to think along these lines even if the world isn't ready for this.
- Supporting others in their pursuits
- Health - Staying healthy and fit for the people around us. Helping others stay healthy.
- Living my values!
From a professional standpoint, the ACM provides a well articulated code of ethics.