Worldviews as Entry-Point for Personal, Cultural, and Systems Transformation
Proposing a Cultural Evolutionary Perspective for Dedicated Innovation Systems: Bioeconomy Transitions and Beyond. (Journal of Innovation Economics and Management, 2021).
Transformative solutions for sustainable well being. Designing effective strategies for addressing our planetary challenges (Chapter in the book Engaged Sustainability, Springer, 2018).
Reflexive communicative action for climate solutions: Toward an integral ecology of worldviews (Chapter in the book The Variety of Integral Ecologies, SUNY Press, 2017).
A new tool to map the major worldviews in the Netherlands and USA, and explore how they relate to climate change (Journal of Environmental Science and Policy, 2016).
Help the climate, change your diet: A study on how to involve consumers in a transition to a low-carbon society (Appetite, 2016).
Global warming calls for an inner climate change: The power of worldview reflection for global sustainability (Chapter in the book Spirituality and Sustainability, Springer, 2016).
Climate change and the clash of worldviews. An exploration of how to move forward in a highly polarized debate (Zygon: Journal on Religion and Science, 2015).
Understanding public perceptions of biotechnology through the ‘Integrative Worldview Framework’ (Public Understanding of Science, 2015).
Rethinking sustainable development: Considering how different worldviews envision “development” and “quality of life” (Sustainability, 2014).
Exploring inner and outer worlds: A quantitative study of worldviews, environmental attitudes, and sustainable lifestyles (Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2014).
The integrative worldview and its potential for sustainable societies: A qualitative exploration of the views and values of environmental leaders (Worldviews, 2014).
Worldviews and their significance for the global sustainable development debate: A philosophical exploration of the evolution of a concept (Environmental Ethics, 2013).
Pathways to environmental responsibility: A qualitative exploration of the spiritual dimension of nature experience (Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 2013).
Exploring worldviews and their relationship to sustainable lifestyles: Towards a new conceptual and methodological approach (Ecological Economics, 2012).
The rising culture and worldview of contemporary spirituality: A sociological study of potentials and pitfalls for sustainable development (Ecological Economics, 2011).
|Traditional Worldview||Modern Worldview||Postmodern Worldview||Integrative Worldview|
|Theistic, dualistic, transcendent view of reality||Objectified, materialistic, mechanistic view of reality||Pluralistic, fragmented, relativistic view of reality||Holistic/unified, spiritual-evolutionary view of reality|
|Knowledge through tradition, convention, scripture (literalism, dogmatism)||Knowledge through empirical science, rationality, logic (positivism, scientism)||Knowledge through qualitative modes of knowing (social constructivism)||Knowledge through integration, mixed methods (pragmatism, critical realism)|
|Social self||Independent self||Authentic self||Interdependent self|
|Traditional values (ie., solidarity, security, discipline, service, faith, conformity)||Individualistic values (ie., achievement, hedonism, success, status, power, fun)||Post-material values (ie., self-expression, imagination, openness to change)||Universal values (ie., self-actualization, wisdom, universalism, transcendence)|
|Emphasis on family, social roles and rules, law and order||Emphasis on the future, belief in progress, optimism||Emphasis on deconstruction of narratives, social justice||Emphasis on individual and cultural evolution and growth|
|Nature as meaningful, divinely constructed order (God’s creation)||Nature as instrumental, objectified, resource for exploitation||Nature as inner source, oppressed voice or entity, larger system||Nature as intrinsically valuable, spiritually significant, partner|
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What’s Your Worldview?
Engaging students in transformative learning journeys
Annick de Witt has provided a tool for engaging students in Higher Education to engage in thinking through their own worldviews in relation to the Integrative Worldview Framework. Worldview Journeys doesn’t promote any particular worldview, nor a change of worldview per se. Instead their learning journeys support people to explore their frameworks of meaning for themselves ~ in experiential, introspective, and interactive ways. These resources:
- Are based in a transformative pedagogy, aimed at empowering students to thrive under increasingly disruptive circumstances, and enact transformative change and leadership;
- Are structured into seven-step learning journeys, designed according to the newest insights as emerging from the Sciences of Learning and Development;
- Support whole-person learning, through reflective, experiential, and interactive practices;
- Support inquiry-based and metacognitive learning, empowering students to formulate their own learning goals and questions, connect the new knowledge to their life and world, and leverage peer learning;
- Are supported by our online platform as well as beautifully designed travel journals;
- Are designed to be scalable, enabling educators to facilitate these learning journeys in their own contexts and courses, without the need for much expert knowledge or preparation time;
- Are science-based, i.e., based on insights in a wide range of academic fields, as well as developed and studied in an academic context.