A Final Word, A Hopeful Stance

Lesson 4: Topic 6 of 6

The United States is now, more than ever in our history, a diverse nation. As our workplaces increasingly  change, more challenges will arise. Differences in worldview will definitely be a part of those issues. Worldview education efforts, such as this course, may help to a certain extent. But personal influence and effort are far more important.

You see, in the big picture, worldview impacts policies and governments and structures. It orders and shapes ideologies – pictures of what education should be and how people get married and what religious practice looks like. But these large scale impacts of worldview are sometimes completely transformed by change of place. When a person moves out of their homeland – where their worldview is shared by many people – and into a new area where most people hold a different worldview, compassion and relationship offered by someone else become invaluable. 

A workplace is in something of an intermediate position. Large corporations and small businesses alike make efforts to facilitate more understanding. However, often they are just “checking the box” with some type of cultural training for legal protection or contractual obligations.  While it’s something, the “once and done” approach isn’t really effective. Buy-in begins at the top, with leadership. In addition, more frequent trainings (think of quarterly, varied short sessions), and consistent reminders can also reinforce the idea of value in diversity.

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This brings us to individuals and relationships, where you and I can have more personal impact. This doesn’t mean attempting to change someone’s worldview, which would be next to impossible! Rather, it means to help them negotiate in a new environment where people are using a quite different worldview to frame the way things work. 

We can do this by choosing to:

  1. Remember that our worldview window may be quite different than that of a person born elsewhere;
  2. Be open to learn, help, and ask questions when appropriate; 
  3. Offer friendship through getting to know people of different ethnicities; and
  4. Rinse and repeat.

There’s more to it, of course. Both native-born and naturalized Americans are likely to engage more and more with people from other cultures in the years ahead. Work environments, neighborhoods, and even your own family structure may all reflect the changing human landscape. Whether you were raised within an eastern or western culture, it would be wise to take a learner’s posture. 

We can help! If you are in need of team training, personal coaching, or further education in the cultural realm, reach us by email or through our website contact form. Give a description of a problem to solve or what type of solution you think you need. We truly love to assist. 

We are also in the process of producing the next East Meets West course, with more cultural differences and practical solutions. Stay tuned, and thank you for choosing a 9 Design Education course!

Your Final Comprehensive Quiz is next, below. After scoring an 80% or better, proceed through the Bibliography to the Survey, then your certificate will be available to download or print.