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another great post. ringing with recognition. My question, which i find hard to answer from "within web2.0": is worldview 2.0 /really/ emerging?

Josien, what I think is emerging is Worldview 1.5 – a sort of halfway house between the machine and system worldviews. Over the years I've met many people who think they've embraced Worldview 2, but who continue to use "root cause analysis" or something similar, who want to solve problems rather than create the new, who are unable to truly collaborate because they disapprove of their co-collaborators' values, beliefs, moral code etc., and who cling to the metaphor that the future is a place and change is a journey. They tend to be blissfully unaware that this is a metaphor and that it's hampering their ability to create the new. And this is the real killer: they think they've embraced systems thinking, but it's nothing more than network thinking: the kneebone's connected to the thighbone etc. I'm curious to know what will precipitate a shift from Worldview 1.5 to 2.0. I suspect that few will make the shift during my lifetime (I'm 58). As for a shift from Worldview 2 to 3, that's another story altogether!

This is a really delightful piece - so accessible and with links to true wonders. Thank you so much.

I would like to follow on from Jack's comment about the transition between Worldviews. All three worldviews are definitely present on the planet today, but in differing degrees. the development of a worldview has a lot to do with the social/emotional and cognitive development of the individual. Which in turn has a lot to do with the physical and economic and social life conditions in which the individual is embedded (the degree of complexity they are faced with and the kind of "problems they have to solve").

In my experience, it is possible to create an environment in which people can evolve through worldviews. The main tool is the "wicked question", which helps us to gain a grasp on our unexamined assumptions about reality...

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