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The HV4K framework, which is depicted in the picture below, is based on a simple theory that human values can significantly impact people’s lives, especially children, and can and will change the world for the better. The framework is made up of three parts: (1) media development, (2) education in human values, and (3) academic research.

In terms of media development, we believe that media is a key sensory input for all people. Just as the food we eat is important to our overall health and well-being, what we read, watch, and listen to are equally as important. Thus, we believe media should be developed that improves the overall health and well-being of people. Value-based media can do this by a) helping to raise the consciousness of people so that they value what is inside of themselves and others; b) helping people see unity in diversity and feel more interconnected with other people and other living species on the planet; and c) positively influencing people’s interactions and decision-making by helping them to see life through the lens of human values.

In particular, children are most impacted by media because they are innocent and their minds are shaped faster and with more impact than at any other time in their lives. Thus, as responsible adults, we believe it is our duty to infuse as much goodness as possible into the media context. As the framework above depicts, value-based media provides an alternative type of media for parents, teachers, and children to consume. Our belief is that as consumption of value-based media increases over time, consumers will develop fundamental discrimination, which will enable them to more clearly discern what media is good for them and what media is bad for them, and choose what is good for them.

As fundamental discrimination is strengthened in children, a protective barrier forms around them, which is symbolized by the heart around the children in the picture. This protective barrier is actually created by the choices that parents, teachers, and children make in terms of media consumption. Further, over time, value-based media will be chosen more by parents and teachers for consumption by children because of the positive impact it makes on them. Children, in turn, will begin to prefer value-based media because it makes them feel better. In the picture, this relationship is symbolized by the solid, blue line between value-based media and parents, teachers, and children. The fact that the solid, blue line can penetrate the protective barrier of fundamental discrimination that surrounds the children reinforces the fact that value-based media can have a powerful impact on them over time. The challenge for artists and producers is actually producing and promoting good media for the sake of human values, without concern for profit.

We have developed the 108 Steps to Love as our small contribution, with great love, to help meet this challenge.

While media development is critical in moving the human values cause forward and helping to make a better world, we feel that education in human values can have a far greater impact because its ability to strengthen fundamental discrimination (the ability to discern good from bad, and choose what is good) in children. Children are the future of the world, so their interactions and decision making, will shape the world of tomorrow. If human values become the primary influence in their interactions and decision making, then we believe that the world will become transformed in a single generation at a faster pace than technological innovation, with a more powerful and beneficial impact to society and the world.

Of all the adult influences in a child’s life, teachers are one of the greatest. However, the advantage teachers have over other adults is that their sole job is to teach children in a controlled context, ie. the classroom. Thus, if teachers can expose children to human values and give them lessons that make them reflect and churn the impact that human values make on themselves and others, then the probability that a child will interact and make decisions based on human values increases exponentially. Further, we believe that by infusing human values into the classroom, we can not only mediate the social setting, but transform it into one that is totally infused with human values.

As the framework above indicates, as education in human values is delivered in the classroom, the teacher-to-student and student-to-student relationships are transformed into ones that are heart-to-heart and influenced by human values. These heart-to-heart relationships are symbolized by the blue hearts appearing on the chest of the teacher and children. Further, teachers also develop heart-to-heart relationships with parents in order to reinforce the analysis and practice of human values in the home to maximize the benefits of value-based education. The challenge for teachers is actually integrating human values into the school day, and helping to elicit human values from within the hearts of their students.

We have developed Value of the Week (V.O.W.) as our small contribution, with great love, in order to help meet this challenge.

Academic research on the impact of human values on people and society has the greatest potential of propelling human values to the forefront of society. We believe that practicing human values can actually impact the health and well-being of children by improving their psycho-social behavior, physiological health, and moral intelligence and responsibility, without adversely impacting their academic performance. Current research on adults in the realms of positive psychology and neuroplasticity are showing that “seeing good, doing good, and being good” impact health and well being, and can even re-shape the brain. Thus, given the malleability of the minds of children, imagine what the impact that value-based media and education could make on them.

Imagine a child that has grown up perceiving life through the lens of human values and actually reflecting these human values in life. Would this child be more resistant to the ups and downs of life because they will have learned to ‘see always inside’ and determine their own value and the value of others by what is intrinsic to them rather than some superficial measure of value? Would this child be less inclined to engage in conflict and hurt others because they see unity in diversity and the interconnectedness of life? Would this child feel a moral responsibility to help others, and use their talent and ability for the sake of others, and thereby help to make the word a better place?

We believe that the answer to all of these questions is YES, YES, YES! In fact, we believe that if a generation of young people were exposed to human values through value-based media and education in human values, then they would grow up and become heroes in society and transform the world. The challenge for researchers is connecting discoveries in positive psychology and neuroplasticity to human values development in children, and establishing some type of assessment tool to measure human values and their impact on children’s psycho-social behavior, physiological health, and moral development and responsibility.

We have developed the Character of Research Effort (C.O.R.E.) as our small contribution, with great love, to help meet this challenge.

The primary mission of 108 Steps to Love is to produce and promote kid-friendly, value-based media that is good for all people at all times in all places. The core products that we are producing are free e-books on our website entitled Adventures in Human Values™. We are on a mission to produce 108 of these e-books beginning with ‘Courage’ and ending with ‘Love.’ In addition to our free e-books, we are also producing printed books of each Adventures in Human Values™ series for purchase on Amazon.com. Finally, we are producing other media through our HV4K Productions arm, which includes music, spoken word/poetry, and cartoon animation. This media is also available for free on our website. The sky is the limit as to what could actually be produced in terms of value-based media using our Adventures in Human Values characters and themes. Thus, if you’d like to help us in any way to expand our efforts, then please contact Vinesh Nambiar at:

vvnambiar@sbcglobal.net.

The primary mission of Value of the Week (V.O.W.) is to offer teachers and school administrators with ideas on how to integrate human values into the classroom in a simple, yet impactful way. V.O.W. was developed by 3rd grade teacher, Malini Gadepally, to connote a promise or vow made by a teacher and students to always use their knowledge and abilities to “help ever, hurt never” and “love all, serve all.” Malini uses the Adventures in Human Values™ free e-books as the cornerstone of V.O.W. because it enables her to quickly and easily introduce a human value into the classroom each week using a direct approach to education in human values. She then can easily use other direct methods to reinforce the value of the week, such as quotes, group singing, silent sitting/reflection, and activities based on the value. Malini also easily integrates human values into the school day by using an indirect method of education in human values. She does this by integrating human values in her classroom management activities and the discipline/rewards system. Finally, Malini uses a co-curricular delivery method for education in human values by giving her students writing assignments, pubic speaking assignments, and historical or current event projects, which are designed to probe further into the value of the week, while meeting curricular requirements in Language Arts and History/Social Science. If you are interested in learning more about V.O.W., or you’d like to help us expand our efforts, then please contact Malini Gadepally at:

gadepally_malini@cusdk8.org.

The primary mission of the Character of Research Effort (C.O.R.E.) is to collect and disseminate research that helps people understand why human values are important in society, and makes connections between human values and positive psychology and neuroplasticity. Further, we would like to create an online, human values teaching and assessment tool that will allow us to study how exposure to value-based media and education in human values impacts children’s academic performance, psycho-social behavior, physiological health, and moral development and responsibility. If you are interested in learning more about C.O.R.E., or you’d like to help us expand our efforts, then please contact Dr. Greg Kim-Ju at:

kimju@saclink.csus.edu.


The HV4K framework, which is depicted in the picture below, is based on a simple theory that human values can significantly impact people’s lives, especially children, and can and will change the world for the better. The framework is made up of three parts: (1) media development, (2) education in human values, and (3) academic research.


In terms of media development, we believe that media is a key sensory input for all people. Just as the food we eat is important to our overall health and well-being, what we read, watch, and listen to are equally important. Thus, we believe media should be developed that improves the overall health and well-being of people. Values-based media can do this by 1) helping to raise the consciousness of people so that they value what is inside of themselves and others, 2) helping people see unity in diversity and feel more interconnected with other people and other living species on the planet, and 3) positively influencing people’s interactions and decision-making by helping them to see life through the lens of human values.

In particular, children are most impacted by media because they are innocent and their minds are shaped faster and with more impact than at any other time in their lives. As responsible adults, we believe it is our duty to infuse as much goodness as possible into the media context. Today, the majority of media created for consumption by kids is profit-based. Big corporations create media and associated products with the sole purpose of making a significant profit in order to increase corporate and shareholder wealth, no matter what the cost to children and society. On the other hand, values-based media provides an alternative type of media for parents, teachers, and children to consume. While money is important to actually pay for the production of values-based media and associated products, the intention is not to make a profit, but to improve the health and well-being of children through the promotion of human values. Thus, values-based media is not about big dollars, but it does make a lot of sense.

We also believe that as the consumption of values-based media increases over time, consumers will develop greater fundamental discrimination. Fundamental discrimination improves a person’s ability to discern what is good and bad for them, and increases the likelihood of a person choosing what is good. Therefore, as fundamental discrimination is strengthened in children, a protective barrier will also form around them, which is symbolized by the heart around the children in the context diagram above. This protective barrier is actually created by the choices that parents, teachers, and children make in terms of media consumption. Over time, values-based media will be chosen more by parents and teachers because of the positive impact it has on children, and children will begin to prefer values-based media because it makes them feel better. This relationship is symbolized by the solid line between values-based media and parents, teachers, and children. The fact that the solid line can penetrate the protective heart-shaped barrier of fundamental discrimination that surrounds the children, while profit-based media cannot, reinforces the fact that values-based media can have a very powerful impact on children over time. In fact, we believe that the consumption of values-based media by children will help transform them into heroes, who will in turn change the world.

At HV4K, we have established the 108 Steps to Love initiative to produce values-based media and associated products for children. The initiative centers on our Adventures in Human Values™ stories and free e-books. The idea is to create as much values-based media as possible based on the Adventures in Human Values™ concepts, and to use the characters and themes to earn revenue from the sale of associated media and products. This revenue stream will allow us to produce more values-based media and products, and help to fund education in human values programs under the auspices of our Value of the Week (V.O.W.) initiative as well as academic research under the auspices of our Character of Research Effort (C.O.R.E.) initiative.


While media development is critical in moving the human values cause forward and helping to make a better world, we feel that education in human values can have a far greater impact because of its ability to strengthen fundamental discrimination in children. Children are the future of the world, so their interactions and decision making will shape the world of tomorrow. If human values become the primary influence in their interactions and decision making, then we believe that the world will become transformed in a single generation at a faster pace than technological innovation, with a more powerful and beneficial impact to society and the world.

Of all the adult influences in a child’s life, teachers are one of the greatest. However, the advantage teachers have over other adults is that their sole job is to teach children in a controlled context, ie. the classroom. Thus, if teachers can expose children to human values and give them lessons that make them reflect and churn the impact that human values make on themselves and others, then the probability that a child will interact and make decisions based on human values increases exponentially.

As the context diagram above indicates, as education in human values is delivered in the classroom, the teacher-to-student, student-to-student, and parent-to-teacher relationships are transformed into ones that are heart-to-heart and influenced by human values. These heart-to-heart relationships are symbolized by the hearts appearing on the chests of the teacher, children, and parents. Thus, through the application of education in human values in the classrooms, we believe that we can not only mediate the social settings and create much better environments for teaching and learning, but we can expedite the transformation of children into heroes, who will in turn change the world.

At HV4K, we have established the Value of the Week (V.O.W.) initiative to support teachers and administrators in adopting education in human values programs in their schools. At minimum, we encourage teachers to introduce a value of the week to students directly through story-telling, quotes, group singing, silent sitting/reflection, activities, and/or curriculum integration. Further, we urge them to make a vow along with their students to make the world a better place by ‘being’ human values. Through our 108 Steps to Love initiative, we will fund education in human values programs – from the creation of a free online Human Values Academy to the creation of brick-and-mortar schools built on education in human values principles.


Academic research on the impact of human values on people and society has the greatest potential of propelling human values to the forefront of society. We believe that practicing human values can actually impact the health and well-being of children by improving their moral intelligence, psycho-social behavior, physiological health, and academic performance. Current research on adults in the realms of positive psychology and neuroplasticity are showing that “seeing good, doing good, and being good” not only impacts the health and well-being of individuals, but it re-shapes their brains. Thus, given the malleability of children, imagine the impact that values-based media and education in human values could have on them.

Imagine a child that has grown up perceiving life through the lens of human values and actually reflects these human values back to the world. Would this child be more resistant to the ups and downs of life because they will have learned to ‘See Always Inside’ and determine their own value and the value of others by what is intrinsic in them? Would this child be less inclined to engage in conflict and hurt others because they see unity in diversity and the interconnectedness of life? Would this child feel a moral responsibility to help others, and use their talent and ability for the sake of others, and thereby help to make the word a better place?

We believe that the answer to all of these questions is YES, YES, YES! In fact, we believe that if a generation of young people were exposed to human values through values-based media and education in human values, then they would grow up and become heroes in society, who would transform the world through human values filling it with Peace, Truth, Righteousness, Nonviolence, and Love.

At HV4K, we have established the Character of Research Effort (C.O.R.E.) initiative to inspire and support academic researchers to study the impact of values-based media and education in human values on children, teachers, parents, schools, society, and the world. Through our 108 Steps to Love initiative, we will fund academic research that aims to make the connections between positive psychology, neuroplasticity, and human values. Further, we will support initiatives to create innovative assessment tools that blend theories of moral intelligence with cutting-edge technology surrounding ‘quantified self’ in an effort to prove our hypothesis, and show the causal relationship between human values and the health and well-being of children.