The Worldview Cafe is a monthly online meeting space in which you’re invited to explore your views and values, and inquire into the story that guides your life. We’ll use simple but powerful methods that support you to have rich conversations with people you’ve just met, about topics that matter to you.
The cafe is free and open to all, but you do need to register beforehand.
The theme this month is worldview intelligence – the ability to act with curiosity and compassion even in the face of views very different from our own. We will explore how we gain perspective on our views, develop our capacity to hold our own worldview lightly, and constructively engage with the worldviews of others.
These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring:
Do you know the experience of getting a little too attached to what you believe is true? How and when does that happen for you? And how do you know what you believe is true? How do you respond when confronted with different viewpoints? What kinds of viewpoints ‘push your buttons’, and why? When engaging with someone who lives in an alternate reality to yours, how do you work with that, how do you bridge the gap?
For preparation, you can take the worldview-test before hand, and read up on the different worldviews. You may also want to watch The Social Dilemma, for some context on how divisions in society are amplified by people increasingly living in ‘algorithmic echo chambers’. All preparation is optional, and thus not required for attendance.
We start with a warm welcome, introduce the theme, explain the basic conversational techniques, and do a short mindfulness practice together. After that, we’ll break into small groups, of two or three people per break out room. This safe and intimate setting allows all of us to learn more about ourselves and others.
Simple exercises and powerful questions support us in this process. We’ll have at least half an hour of in depth conversation and exploration in these small groups. After that, we’ll meet with the whole group to exchange insights and experiences, and close the meeting.