A Hopeful Stance

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 “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 much more to learn about cultures and interactions between people. Check out the 9 Design course “East meets West: Understanding Cultural Differences”. All of our courses, including Ethics, can be found here at this link. Thank you for choosing 9 Design Education.

Next you’ll take the Final Comprehensive Quiz, then move through the Bibliography. After that you will receive a survey. Completion of the Survey will enable you to download or print your certificate.

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