The Worldview Journey is a half-day program in which participants learn about worldviews, explore their own worldview, and dialogue deeply with each other. The program is designed for optimal learning results for participants and easy usage and limited prep time for educators.

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The program is fun, interactive, and has been received very well by students and participants alike. Please read some testimonials below! The program can be run either online, on site, or some hybrid version of the two.

The Worldview Journey has been developed in collaboration with Utrecht University, where we’ve tested the program with about 1000 students.

Because it supports participants’ exploration, reflection, and exchange (rather than just transmitting knowledge), the program can be used in a variety of contexts and at different learning levels. It’s suitable for higher education, but can also be used in adult and life-long-learning contexts. With some adaptation, older students at the high school/secondary education level are also likely to benefit.

Exploring our worldviews is becoming increasingly important in our intensely polarized, crisis-ridden, complex contemporary world. Read more about the larger (societal) relevance of the Worldview Journey below.

Learning outcomes

  • Students gain an understanding of what worldviews are and how they shape our lives and world in seen and unseen ways;
  • Students gain an understanding of why exploring worldviews can be powerful and significant for the individual, for the collective, and for our systems at large;
  • Students gain an understanding of the four major worldviews in contemporary society, which profoundly inform our cultural climate, yet are generally not reflected upon;
  • Students gain more understanding of their own worldview and its biographical roots, and are supported to reflect on it, and dialogue about it with others. This way they practice ‘taking perspective on their perspective’.
  • Students gain an experience of a different quality of conversation, through practicing specific conversational techniques that involve deep listening and free flow expression.


The Worldview Journey includes:

  • 100 Worldview Tests (additional tests can be purchased for 0.50 euro cent per test);
  • Your group results, which you can freely access on the testing platform for a full year;
  • Several high quality educational video-lectures, including a video on what worldviews are, on why worldviews are so significant, and on the four dominant worldviews in society;
  • A package with educational materials that offer detailed instructions as to how to set up and structure the group meeting and facilitate engaging, interactive exercises. This package includes a Teacher Manual, a PDF that instructs participants on the preparatory activities, an adaptable powerpoint presentation, an evaluation form, discussion questions, et cetera;
  • Additional learning materials, reading suggestions, and reflection exercises.


How does it work?

After purchasing the Worldview Journey, you’ll receive a PDF with a unique test link for your group, which you can send to your participants. This PDF introduces them to the Worldview Journey and invites them to watch several video-lectures, take the Worldview Test, and learn more about their personal results. This amounts to about an hour of preparatory work.

In addition, you set up a plenary meeting (the duration can vary between 2 to 4 hours). In this meeting you present the group results with support of the testing platform. You create opportunities to dialogue and deepen, by introducing the suggested interactive exercises. You also facilitate a group discussion. These exercises are fun and engaging, and tend to strengthen the connections in the group. Detailed instructions for structuring this meeting and introducing these exercises are included.

In an online setting, you’ll need the possibility for students to meet in seperate break-out rooms. On site, you’ll need students to be able to sit and dialogue in pairs of two.

Relevance of the Worldview Journey

In these times of intense societal polarization, it’s crucial we find ways to keep talking with each other. Not necessarily about the issues that divide us (we all know where that goes), but about the deeper ‘stuff’. About how we see the world and ourselves in it ~ and why we see it that way. About the worldview we’ve grown up with and the ways our thinking may have changed over time.

Our experience at Worldview Journeys is that most people value the experience of reflecting on their worldview and exploring it in dialogue with others. We’ve also noticed that people actually enjoy having deeper conversations with others who think differently. And that common ground often naturally emerges when people are exchanging with each other in these deeper ways. That is, when the right context is provided, most people recognize the importance of understanding and relating to different perspectives in society.

And they see this can actually enrich them, and help them take perspective on their perspective. It’s like how traveling to a foreign country and being confronted with another culture can make us more aware of our own cultural habits. Similarly, encountering different worldviews sheds light on our unconscious assumptions and values. That may result in an expanded mindset, and more openness towards those who think differently.

Testimonials

I had a really educational and useful experience. I learned a lot and was supported to think about things I had never thought (this deeply) about.

It was a beautiful and interesting experience! I think it enhances mutual respect. It also enhanced my understanding that your worldview can keep evolving and that there are qualities in each worldview that are valuable.

Inspiring, mindful and useful!

It was different and refreshing!

I have gained more respect for the different worldviews. This had been very valuable.

I learned a lot of new things and my awareness of my own worldview really grew.

It was very positive and a new kind of experience for me.

I thought it was a really eye-opening experience! It was also interesting to discuss with people who had different worldviews than me.

I think it is really good to understand the importance of worldviews, because you can understand yourself, each other and society better.

Thought provoking. Sustainability is such a mammoth of a challenge, with no exact route. I always found that the hardest place to begin problem-solving is the start. But what better place to start then to look at the world from all points of view ~ from all worldviews.

It was a nice experience! I liked taking the test and learning about my worldview. And then discussing this with others to see how they think differently. I became more aware of the different worldviews and their qualities and limitations, as well as about my own. I liked understanding where my way of thinking comes from, and how it needs to evolve if I want to change my worldview.

It was powerful, I felt expanded, connected and more open to others, enriched…with greater hope, and possible practical applications for my area of interest… The process of exploring worldviews with a stranger was really interesting! … What a simple, easy, practical accelerator for positive understanding and change!

I found the dialoguing exercise very useful, as it made me realize that the more open and attentive I am with someone, the better I can understand them. I also think that verbally expressing my thoughts and experiences is helpful to get a better understanding of myself.

The videos were outstanding. They were very clear and informative. I watched them twice to make sure I did not miss anything. I also liked the Worldview Test. The journaling exercise was helpful, and allowed me to compare my notes to your description of worldviews.

It was extremely eye opening and created a stronger inner balance. It reminded me strongly to accept all kinds of worldviews and get rid of all arrogance, to accept all opinion and treat everyone with the same humble respect, whether I agree with them or not. I also learnt how the worldviews are relevant in the sustainability-context and how understanding that there are different worldviews could on one hand make solution-finding difficult at first, but that the art is to see the differences as inspirational inputs to find solutions.

The Worldview Journey revealed something quite profound to me, as it made me realize the evolution of worldviews in my own life. I was raised Presbyterian (traditional). In my teens, an existential crisis led me to a more practical, rational, independent view (modern). Through college and early career I discovered creative paths of self-expression and engaging with others (postmodern). Through my later career I developed interest in integrative and complementary health and wellness (integrative). This worldview serves me well as I retire and consider life through a more expansive spiritual perspective. Realizing my worldview evolution gave me a connection to each worldview.

The worldview journey was insightful, for it encouraged an acknowledgement of alternative perspectives that differ to my own, but also promoted a recognition of my personal worldview journey and growth. …. The mixture of direct learning and brainstorming constructed an engaging environment which elevated my knowledge development and attention. … The stream of consciousness exercise was a unique experience, for it contrasted the ambience and structure of typical interactions, and provided an opportunity for freedom of expression and thought. I enjoyed learning from someone with a different worldview, as it exposed how my perspective contrasts with others with respect to religion and development. The listening component was also beneficial, for it encouraged complete concentration and focus on the other person.

One insight that I’ve learned is that all worldviews are valid and there is not one “correct” worldview. It is important to have a nonjudgmental attitude towards each other and our worldviews and to hold space for the different perspectives. In order to solve issues like climate change, we have to find a common-ground where we have understanding for every worldview. ….  I also realized how important it is to actually listen to someone. Sometimes listening and understanding what someone else is talking about is a very useful tool tool to gain a different perspective and question your own thinking, to evaluate how your thought process came to be. Sometimes we are so immersed into our own “bubble” or world that just having a conversation with someone with a different worldview can really change your mindset.

I think I now better understand why people think what they think. For example, when someone disagreed with me on social injustice issues, I used to think “how could anyone think like that?”. But now, thanks to the worldviews, I can understand the foundation on which ideas were built, where they come from. It might make me be more understanding and willing to listen to other views, instead of just blindly thinking I am in the right.

It was very nice to just start talking without being judged or interrupted. This allowed a lot of space to sometimes actually pause and think, without the other person stepping in to keep the conversation flowing all the time. Next time when I’ll have a deep conversation I want to try to just listen sometimes without interrupting to give the other person space to think.

I liked the Worldview Journey. It is different than usual, when you only listen to a lecture and ask questions. Now you get the opportunity to discuss more. I also liked that you get the opportunity to think about your own worldview and reflect upon it, and that you hear about others’ worldviews.

It was intriguing and self actualising.