Our Value Exchange Dynamic

At the heart of Ethos’ work platform is our peer-to-peer, narrative based system which we call the Value Exchange Dynamic.

What is the Value Exchange Dynamic?

The Value Exchange is an open and dynamic conversation through which the Ethos work community and an individual spell out what we will achieve together. We document the value that person will bring to Ethos, and importantly, what value Ethos will provide to that person. This documented conversation captures a person’s work journey with Ethos and is the foundation for the valuable outcomes that we produce together.

How does it work?

Our recruitment process is untraditional. Experimentation and exploration are at the heart of our approach to work. When we meet new people we engage in informal conversations in order to understand each other’s ‘why’ – our purposes, motivations and missions as people. This allows us to mutually understand whether there is value to be uncovered by working together. If we both agree that there is potential to achieve great things together, then we start exploring and developing the Value Exchange.

What’s included?

Some key components of the Value Exchange include:

  • Your “Why” – a chance to explore purpose and meaning iteratively through the world of work. A chance to define an individual’s “mission” in the form of “What change do you want to see in the world?”
  • Valuable Outcomes – what valuable outcomes might you produce and how can we achieve them together?
  • How will you help the Work, Living and Wellbeing of others in the Ethos community? – for example, you could volunteer to be a wellbeing mentor for others or get involved in organising our social events.
  • What value will Ethos deliver to you (financial, personal, other) ?
  • Value Recognition Narrative – this is a recurring event where your peers provide a narrative regarding what it has been like working with you, focusing on the value that you have been working to deliver, thereby allowing your journey to become a very rich data-set of narratives, projects, outcomes and deliverables.
Value Exchange Dynamic Graphic

Diagram of Ethos Value Exchange Dynamic process by Sarah Fay, Young Leader