Mission Website Dedication
Who We Are / How We Came to Be
The origins of project Worldview can be traced to
a late 1980s collaboration between
Stephen P. Cook and Donella H. Meadows (co-author of The Limits to Growth)
that resulted in the 400 page book Coming of
Age in the Global Village (Parthenon Books). Written before the internet existed in modern form,
it almost anticipated surfing the web,
with its accounts of "shopping in the Reality Marketplace" for a
1990 book contained the version 1.0 structure for characterizing
worldviews, employing twenty-six worldview themes. After using it at Arkansas
Tech University and the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science where he taught,
Cook decided to expand and refine it and project Worldview
With the 2006 website launch it
became possible to click on Take me to The Reality Marketplace, and
an internet adventure in fully exploring an updated version of worldview
themes. The version 2.0
structure implemented in 2006 uses eighty worldview themes on
cards or frames. Using the website in conjunction with an educational
CD known as The Worldview
Kit provides an enhanced, even fun, learning experience.
By mid 2009, Cook
completed a 202 page companion to the website: The
Worldview Literacy Book . This
is marketed bundled with both The Worldview Kit and the Coming of Age
book (with new epilogue written in 2007 added). By
January 2010 he started a blog called Worldview
Watch featuring commentary
and analysis of news from a worldview perspective. Twenty one issues
of it appeared over the next two years.
2012 brought three new
additions to the project Worldview
1) The Quick Worldview Analysis program--version
a tool to check your worldview's compatibility with someone else's or with that
of a typical USA adult.
2) Lengthy excerpts
Worldview Literacy Book
were added to web pages of all
3) The beginnings of the version
3.0 structure, with
the 80 worldview themes broken into 320 sub-themes, each
linked to Wikipedia
articles, click here to see how the beta
version is evolving...
2013 brought an
expanded worldview theme descriptions and one additional worldview theme
(80==>81), a page for Home Schoolers,
a simpler way to Characterize Worldviews, and a
redesigned home page...
As a non-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization devoted to "Helping
You Find Your Own Answers to Life's Big Questions," providing "Education for the Global
Village," and helping people make sense out of "the confusion of
existence," our mission is
1) to promote the idea that individuals should consciously be aware of their
deeply held beliefs, values and associated long-term behavior patterns, that is,
they should actively and analytically be concerned with both the contents and
the development of their worldviews.
2) to aid an individual's worldview development by providing a free inquiry based systematic approach
loosely guided by worldview development questions.
3) to humbly express the hope that all people
come to have a healthy worldview, one that brings
happiness and promotes planetary well-being. We
shall do this while abiding by a "Neutrality Pledge" and not pushing our beliefs
on visitors to our website, books, or software.
4) to develop and steadily refine a framework and methodology
that serves as a tool for understanding,
analyzing, checking for consistency, and comparing / contrasting individual
worldviews, despite the complexity of the task. We hope that this
tool is useful in understanding conflicts in
terms of the underlying conflicting worldviews, and aiding the search for
common ground and satisfactory conflict resolution. We anticipate working
with researchers and other interested people in refining our creations--perhaps
even using them in predictive analysis settings someday.
also strive to periodically critically evaluate our efforts using feedback we
get from others. This continually refined critique is called Pioneers in Worldview
Analysis or Something Less Flattering?
To honor both her important early contribution to
and her life work promoting global citizenship, systems thinking and building the sustainability
This website is dedicated to
the memory of Donella Meadows.
Unfortunately by the time project Worldview
was formally launched at the end of 2006, this pioneering environmental scientist, longtime Dartmouth College professor, and
1994 MacArthur Prize winner, was no longer around, having suddenly died in 2001.
Click above or here
to read more about her...