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.
mid 2009, Cook
completed a 202 page companion to the website: The
Worldview Literacy Book . This
is bundled with the continually refined and updated The Worldview Kit CD. By
January 2010 he started a blog called Worldview
Watch featuring commentary
and analysis of news from a worldview perspective. Forty two issues
of it appeared over the next five 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...
brought Astronomy and Earth Science
Education activities to the website, and saw Stephen Cook working on a new
book. Besides doing lots
of song-writing during this period, he also developed a
refined way of categorizing worldview themes based on a thinking / feeling /
joining / doing. Out of this came TFJD codes and emotional volatility (VI)
indices that can be used to characterize and contrast worldview themes.
brought the publication of The Worldview Theme Song Book—Exploring the Feelings Behind Worldviews.
While it also promotes understanding of what goes on in your brain as you think,
feel, join, and do, at its heart are eighty-one songs—one for each
of the eighty-one Project Worldview worldview themes. Using song lyrics
and text, the book tells a personal tale that has a wildly improbable, worldview
shaking, musically inspired climax. Inspired by MIT physicist
Kerson Huang and his wife, who produced a translation of and commentary on the
ancient I Ching, the book also contains a modern (TFJD based) oracle that
many will enjoy consulting.
brought 1) an important change to worldview theme pages: two themes previously
sharing a single webpage were now given separate pages, 2) expanding the "Connecting
Group Beliefs, Religious, Spiritual, Ethical Traditions to Worldview
Themes" page to include a "Patriarchal" entry, and 3) penning
a "The Carbon Dividends Song" about an
environmental plan with bipartisan support
Project Worldview Mission Statement
We are a non-profit,
non-sectarian, educational organization devoted to encouraging people to
examine—and better understand—- what’s behind their beliefs, values and
behavior, and make sense out of "the
confusion of existence." We provide a framework, methodology, tools, books
and educational media to aid this effort. In
doing this, we strive, where possible, to show respect for a wide range of
(sometimes contradictory) beliefs, values and behaviors, and abide by a
"Neutrality Pledge" that contains a "we won't force our beliefs
on you” promise. Embracing global education, which focuses on whole systems
and emphasizes the interconnections and interdependencies that narrower
educational approaches often ignore, we recognize that humans are thinking /
feeling / joining / doing creatures. Accordingly, while offering a free inquiry
based systematic approach to individual worldview development, we also encourage
people to better understand themselves and others by exploring the feelings
behind worldviews. And, where conflict exists, to similarly approach the search
for common ground and conflict resolution by examining the underlying
conflicting worldviews. Finally, we wish
to humbly express the hope that all people come to have healthy
worldviews, ones that bring happiness and promote planetary well-being.
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 and/or here
to read more about her...