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In confronting big problems or minor human inconvenience / irritation, I look to changing attitudes / behavior with education, drawing on existing social institutions. Defusing anxiety / mistrust conflict brings is a first step (humor can help!) I trust in people coming together and cooperating; in their willingness to learn from each other--sharing worldviews, articulating values and goals. This can resolve conflicts and find non-technology or human labor /soft technology based “win, win” imaginative solutions. (Note: critics say this democratic, transparent process may be too time-consuming to tackle big urgent problems.)

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a spade WV Theme...

...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with: #46A The Technological Fix Mentality  to make Choice #49    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 2.0    version 3.0       is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #59: How Belief in Evolution can Aid Monotheists and Win Sympathy for Climate Deniers (posted Jan 17 2019) 
Worldview Watch issue #6: Overcoming Political Gridlock

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

attitude change Attitudinal Fix social influences
negotiation people skills Mediation
Attitude Conflict Resolution   Diplomacy 
attitude polarization

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #9A   Religious Fundamentalism #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #15   The Group Think Imperative
#16A Culture of Fear   #20B Authoritarian Followers    #25   Evil is out there #29B Taking Charge==> Violence
#33B Addiction  #36A Cynicism #36B  Conspiracies    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #47A: Attitudinal Fix 

Getting to Yes, by Fisher, Ury & Patton  (book about win-win outcomes based on Harvard Negotiation Project work)
The Evolution of Cooperation, by Robert Axelrod and Richard Dawkins (2006 revision of classic--read excerpts at Google Books)
Information on More Constructive Approaches to Difficult and Intractable Conflicts
Bridge Builders (organization devoted to "helping communities find the common ground")
Attitude Change Approach (based on Yale University work, posted on Changing Minds website)
Attitudes Drive Behavior (online for West Virginia University communications course)
Social Attitudes (report on psychology-related experiment from The Economist October 15 2016)
No Hard Feelings--Reconciliation After Competition (report from The Economist August 13 2016)
"FDA Launches Teen Anti-Smoking Campaign"  by Saundra Young (report on effort to change teen attitudes, from CNN Feb 4 2014)
Search for Common Ground (organization working to transform the way the world deals with conflict)
Peacemakers Trust (Canadian organization devoted to "research and education on conflict resolution")
Conflict Transformation and Peace Building--Links (website about "everything mediation": find dispute resolution professionals, articles, grad programs, etc.)
Reconceptualizing Environmental Conflict Resolution, by Emmet P. Fiske (from Washington State University)
The Strategy of Conflict by Thomas Schelling (more about this 1960 classic book about the relevance of  game theory to conflict resolution)
A Strategy for Dealing with Intractable Environmental Conflicts, by Guy Burgess & Heidi Burgess
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (one goal to "ultimately contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflict.")
The National Center for Conflict Resolution Education
Conflict Management Skills, by Gregorio Billikopf  (from UC Berkeley website)
The Art in Peacemaking (download NEA 87 page booklet about conflict resolution education and art programs)
The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute  (more about the 2015 revised edition of this book from Amazon)
Sand Play Therapy (more about using this type of art to heal or resolve conflict, from the Sandplay Therapists of America website)
U.S. Institute of Peace
Changing (claims to be "the largest site in the world on all aspects of how we change one another's minds.)
Why climate ‘doomers’ are replacing climate ‘deniers’ by Shannon Osaka (from the Washington Post Mar 24 2023)
10 Tips for Getting People to Talk Across Political Differences by S. Shuster & S. Jerison (essay posted on Greater Good website Oct 9 2018)
Leadership Styles (note contrast between relations or people oriented vs. task oriented leadership styles)
Council on Foreign Relations (a non-partisan resource for information and analysis)
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, by James Rachels (1993 essay)
Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by R. Fisher, etal (read excerpts at Google Books)
The Evolution of God, by Robin Wright (about this 2009 book tracing the beginnings of religious tolerance)
"Chainsaw Diplomacy," by Peter Beinart (article about US foreign policy in Time March 31 2008)
Pathways to Peace (an organization devoted to peace-building) 
Buddhist Technology: Bringing a New Consciousness to Our Technological Future, by Arthur Zajonc
Biotechnology, Biopiracy, and the Mentality of Science
quotes related to diplomacy
quotes related to attitude

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.