I've been thinking about the links between what people value or think is important, and the actions they take to support those values. The fact is, research can't find a strong link between people's values and their behavior. Lately I wonder why that is - a lot.
I've been working in the arts for over 10 years now and volunteering for a small literary magazine for 7. I am often frustrated by the fact that it so difficult to sustain the publication. We subsist on grants and volunteer efforts, and we publish new Canadian female authors. For many of them, it's their first big break, and many of the people we have published over the years have gone on to hugely successful literary careers. But it's so difficult to develop a broader readership. Does no one value Canadian literature anymore? It's so difficult to get people to support the magazine by buying a subscription. I think we should all place more value on the arts!
I want people to know that their options for meaningful work are greater than they might realize. I think one of the greatest barriers to a healthy community is the conflict people feel between the lives they want to live and the way they earn their living.