Every civilization, every society, and every human being living in these systems has a worldview. Every day, each of us is constrained and inspired, sabotaged and propelled by these unique worldviews.
Historically, people have taken their worldviews for granted. Our ancestors never needed to ask themselves whether there were other, more viable worldviews or mindsets they could use to understand the world or their lives. Today, we're not that fortunate. We're no longer able to live out our lives blissfully unaware of our society's worldview, or our own more personal mindsets. For two reasons. First, the pace and significance of all the disruptive technological changes we're currently experiencing won't let us hide inside this kind of naiveté.
Second, many of the individuals who live right next to us hold views and visions of life that are antithetical to our own. Both these reasons can be frightening, especially if the pace of change is too fast and/or if the "others" in our lives are strident about the differences between them and us. By themselves, these two phenomena are enough to elicit from us higher levels of anxiety than most people have ever known. At one level of consciousness or another, we all quietly sense that the certainty and safety of our society's basic worldview is threatened by today's technological disruptions and by the otherness that people unlike us brings into our lives . As a result, whether we're aware of it or not, all of us at times are vulnerable, disoriented, and uncertain.
New 21st Century Perspectives
These two phenomena -- rapidly accelerating technological change and the increasing fragility of our heretofore stable and reliable worldviews -- are what prompted me to start searching the internet to discover what's going on in the world regarding these issues. Using key words like worldview, mindset, zeitgeist, belief system, weltanshauung, and orders of consciousness, I searched for the best thinking I could find. Additionally, I went looking for individuals working in this area who are trying to help executives, organizational consultants, change leaders, and interested individuals to find more effective ways of adapting their outmoded 20th Century worldviews and mindsets to our new 21st Century realities. To date, I've discovered three things:
A wide spectrum of worldviews and mindsets are currently active in the world;
An array of scholars and practitioners are working in this field;
A select number of these practitioners have developed some new and intriguing worldview and mindset interventions.
The key words mentioned above helped me discover experts around the world who are doing intriguing Worldview and Mindset research. Consequently, in the Best-Practice Interventions, Leading Practitioners, Good Reads, and TLO Thought Papers Plus sections of this Worldview and Mindset Resource's Center, I'll be highlighting these individuals and the ideas they're working on. The people and the resources highlighted in this Worldview & Mindset Resources Center are people who explore and discuss in some detail all the issues and all the new developments that we're aware of. If you have comments, requests, or questions related to anything that piques your interest, please reach out.