At Skurups Folkhögskola, both staff, board and students have participated in workshops based on Point of Value’s method and tools. We caught up with the school’s principal Arvid Gisby. 

by Emma Aasa

Why was it essential to incorporate value work in your school?

Arvid: I have studied social law, so you can say that I have always been value-driven – yet, not always as consciously as I am now. As the principal of Skurups folkhögskola, I wanted to focus on the values of our school and make them part of everything we do. Folkbildningen has an educational tradition based on the individual, their growth, and stance. That is the basis and what I aimed to highlight. 

In my opinion, public education, or folkbildningen, is what arises in the meeting of people. And the meeting is based on the participants’ values. It’s all interconnected like that.

How has it made a difference?

Arvid: Here is an example: we worked systematically to incorporate our values into the school’s strategies and goals. Equality work is central to our school, so we worked to ensure an equal and not male-centric culture through value work and other tools. By doing this, we addressed social and political questions and underlined our business goals and plans based on the idea of public education.

To whom would you recommend Point of Value?

Arvid: I would recommend it to all organizations! Sometimes, you automatically get put into a specific role that doesn’t necessarily bring out your best. But if you work with and discover your actual values, you can loosen that grip. You can ask: what do I want going forward? What are my core values? What can I lean back on when everything else is collapsing? When everyone asks themselves these questions, the conversation starts, and you get a much more vital organization. 

Has working with values had any benefits in your personal life?

Arvid: Sure, it has. My values ​​are constantly developing and reshaping. Knowing my values helped me decide to retire, which is a massive step in anyone’s life – but I knew what I wanted and was confident in it.

“In my opinion, public education, or folkbildningen, is what arises in the meeting of people. And the meeting is based on the participants’ values. It’s all interconnected like that.”

“Sometimes, you automatically get put into a certain role that doesn’t necessarily bring out your best. But if you work with and discover your actual values, you can loosen that grip.”