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World View

Each of us – individuals, organization, businesses, communities – has a worldview. The Meadowlark Institute believes that it is important for all of us to understand our individual and collective worldviews. It is important to be aware of our worldviews and to take time to reflect on them because our individual and collective worldviews – made up of our values, beliefs, assumptions, attitudes, and ideas – influences our understanding of the world around us and the actions we take in it, consciously and unconsciously shaping perceptions, motivations, and values.

The convergence of our individual and collective characteristics and unique history, including life, work or business experiences, physical or natural environment, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, and family are expressed through our worldview. Our worldviews inform and affect our individual and collective realities. There is an infinite multiplicity of worldviews and more than one “right” way or perspective. Each of us has our own unique worldview. What follows here is an overview of the Meadowlark Institute’s worldview.

As individuals or organizations we are each part of a complex, ever-changing, interconnected living universe. What we do influences the world around us, and the world around us influences us, even when we are not aware of exactly how. Greater understanding of the interdependence of all life leads to a more complete view of reality.

For three hundred years, since Descartes and Newton, our thinking has predominantly been influenced by rationalism. We have been able to figure things out and “be in control”. We tend to view our organisations as we view machines – as consisting of clearly defined parts with clearly defined roles and a predictable output.

In a complex world, this mechanistic view may not always be adequate to meet the complex problems and challenges we face. What if we as individuals or as organisations were also viewed as adaptive or living systems as well?

Living systems exist everywhere in nature – bacteria forming colonies or ants coming together to form a system that is capable of creating an anthill. These are not just simple systems, but include highly complex systems with incredible results. For example, termite nests even have air conditioning so the temperature stays the same inside the hill.

There are several exciting phenomena in nature and living systems that can also inform how we view human systems:

With this worldview as a foundation, the Meadowlark Institute is helping individuals, organizations, businesses and governments navigate successfully through an increasingly complex, interconnected and fast-paced world. The Meadowlark Institute uses result-oriented methodologies that lead to sustainable outcomes and support a shared commitment to action, whether the need is for strategic and action planning, team building, civic or organizational dialogues, cross-institutional collaboration, or leadership training for individuals, businesses and organizations.

Understanding our perspectives – our worldview – will help us work together as we serve your needs to be successful.