Broadcast journalist Mandeep Rai takes us on a journey to 101 countries around the world highlighting a single, unique value that has defined each nation’s history, culture, and global influence—and how we can apply them to better our own lives and make decisions more effectively.
Every day, whether we acknowledge it or not, we make decisions based on what we believe in. The choices, challenges, or opportunities facing us—and how we engage with them—reveal something important about our character, desires, and personality. When those values align in a single population, they have the power to evolve a nation, and teach the world valuable lessons about success.
In The Values Compass, broadcast journalist Mandeep Rai explores this concept by taking 101 distinct countries from around the world and identifying a single key value in each that has been carried throughout its history, geography, and culture, in the hopes that we may find a way to incorporate them into our own lives, from England’s “Steadfastness” and Armenia’s “Survival” to Morocco’s “Compromise” and the United States’s ability to “Pivot in an entrepreneurial way.” The result is an insightful and readable collection of profiles that opens our eyes to the world around us, and in turn helps us reflect on which values matter to us most.
Mandeep Rai went from private banking at JP Morgan in London to a pioneering twenty years of creative activism, journalism, and development. She has used her degree in politics, economics, and philosophy to report for the BBC World Service, covering the emerging markets, and has produced documentaries, features, and programmes on development issues across the board; from environmentalism in Ladakh to luxury goods trafficked into China. She holds degrees a masters from the LSE, and an MBA from London Business School with a year at MIT and Harvard Business School.