Value Yourself

Alastair Somerville
3 min readNov 13, 2018


For World Kindness Day, sharing a tool developed for professionals involved in User Research and CoDesign workshops.

Take time to value yourself so you can understand the value you can give away to others.

Be kind to yourself.

A Little Book Of Me
You are valuable
You can create value
Share your value
Doublesided print
Make a booklet
Instructions on cutting and folding
Folding sequence
Foldy, foldy, fold
A little book
Read and write in the booklet
Value yourself
Value your skills
Value your power
Give away your power
Lose power to gain more
Read the booklet backwards and forwards
From you to community, from community to you
Validate yourself, value your power, give your power away and make something valuable, together
You are valuable
Share your value


This tool was developed in terms of CoDesign as a method of sharing skills and power into communities with deficits in both. Even the most junior member of an organisation (government or private) has skills and power that they may not self-recognise. Normally they can only sense the power they lack within the structure they are within.

So many people work without valuing themselves as the system does not validate them. It’s easy to forget self-worth and so forget the possibilities of what can be given away to others: in knowledge and power.

Kindness in a society starts with kindness to self.

I hope this helps you or people you work with.



Alastair Somerville

Sensory Design Consultant, usability researcher and workshop facilitator. Twitter @acuity_design & @visceralUX