Worldview Journeys Foundation’s mission is to bring inner transformation into higher education. We do this by developing transformative learning journeys that examine worldviews, invite perspective-shifts, and support students to evolve their thinking, relating, and acting. Our learning journeys are designed and researched for impact and scalability, aiming to make them available to educators everywhere.
As our world is increasingly in planetary, even existential crisis, awareness is growing that “nothing short of a wholesale shift of mindsets is needed.” Some philosophers refer to the metacrisis or polycrisis, arguing that the multitude of interrelated crises humanity is facing should be seen as manifestation of a larger or deeper crisis: A crisis of the mind or a crisis of worldview. A crisis in how we as human beings relate to ourselves, each other, nature, and the world around us.
Worldviews refer to the overarching, collectively shared, ‘big stories’ through which humans make sense of their experience and world. As our worldviews define for us what is possible, valuable, and expected, they shape our lives and world to a great extent. In the words of cultural historian Richard Tarnas: “worldviews create worlds.”
Because our worldviews are often considered to be both root causes of humanity’s crisis, as well as deep leverage points for addressing it, individually and collectively examining our worldviews offers potent pathways forward. Put differently: making deep or transformative change requires an exploration of our worldviews.
Numerous voices therefore emphasize the need for more transformative forms of education. Transformative learning goes beyond adding information to our stores of knowledge (in-form-ation) and changes the form of our thinking itself (trans-form-ation). Such learning invites for perspective-shifts that allow one to see something in a qualitatively new way.
However, current curricula in our Higher Education Institutions tend to focus on transmitting knowledge and cultivating cognitive skills, not on facilitating transformation. Though these institutions are educating the next generation of leaders and change-makers, they’re generally not fostering the transformative change and leadership so urgently needed in today’s world.
Worldview Journeys is therefore developing, piloting, researching, and scaling a transformative curriculum around worldviews, primarily aimed at students in higher education, yet intending to serve a range of communities beyond that. This curriculum consists of:
- The Worldview Journey (in collaboration with Utrecht University)
- The Deep Dive Into Your Worldview (project in starting phase)
- Worldviews & Our Planetary Challenges (still under construction)
Our transformative learning journeys
- 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.
Worldview Journeys doesn’t promote any particular worldview, nor a change of worldview per se. Instead our learning journeys support people to explore their frameworks of meaning for themselves ~ in experiential, introspective, and interactive ways. You can read more about our educational philosophy here.
Exploring worldviews can empower people to
Exploring worldviews supports individuals to grow psychologically, by helping them ‘take perspective on their perspective’. Instead of being completely identified with their worldview, they learn to look at it. This broadens their horizon and creates room for multiple perspectives. The result is an expanded mindset with more possibilities for thought, choice, and action.
Exploring worldviews enhances social relationships, by supporting people to have meaningful conversations. Through guided exchanges about their deeper views and values, people can find common ground and learn to appreciate the wisdom of other perspectives. This regenerates cultures as it supports constructive communication and creative collaboration.
Exploring worldviews supports people to question, deepen, and/or renew the paradigms and purposes at the heart of their projects, systems, or organizations. Through a clarification of values and a renewed sense of purpose, motivation is mobilized and systems can be re-aligned. This way, system transformation can come about.