How Worldviews Vary Across Cultures

  1. Committee Orientation ActivityThe committee leader, Ty Dalwave, wants the team to be aware of their biases when doing research. To build that awareness, he has asked everyone to reflect on their worldview by doing the following:
    • Describe your worldview, including how it changes and forms.
      • How do you view the world?
      • How do you understand how the world works? How do you understand your purpose in the world?
      • What assumptions, beliefs, and values affect how you explain the world, understand your circumstances, and live your life?
      • How did your worldview develop? How has it changed over time?
    • Explain how your worldview affects the way you interact and perceive others at work.
      • How could your worldview affect your interactions with and perceptions of your coworkers?
  2. Committee BriefNow that you’ve reflected on your worldview and its effect on how you navigate the world, you are ready to start researching. As a committee member, you will investigate the social, political, and cultural situations of another country and report what you learn to the group.
    1. Choose a country to research.Choose a country that you are not familiar with and would like to learn more about.Note: For this project, you should assume that ASF’s worldview is the same as your own. For this reason, you must investigate a country that’s different from your own.
    2. Research your chosen country.Use the Country Analysis Questions document to help you research your chosen country’s social, political, and cultural situations.If you would like to, you can do some of your own research beyond the country profiles information provided in the Supporting Materials section. Remember to use authoritative sources and cite them in your work.
    3. Explore how ASF could conduct operations in your selected country.The committee wants you to present your findings in a committee brief. Remember to assume that ASF’s worldview is the same as your own and base your responses on that. In your committee brief, include the following information:
      • The name of your selected country
      • A summary of the country’s geography, government, health, education, culture, economy, and history
      • A discussion of how you think various groups in your selected country would perceive ASF’s work:
        • What potential sources of conflict do you expect? Brainstorm and describe at least three.
        • How do people in your own country interact in groups and at work? How does this compare to your selected country?
      • Propose at least three actionable solutions to address potential conflict and foster collaboration. Consider the following question:
        • If ASF started working in the country that you chose, what recommendations would you make to support collaboration and avoid conflict between differing worldviews?

Committee Orientation ActivityWhich Resources Can Help?Describes your worldview, including how it forms and changes

  • Unit Resources: How Worldviews Form and Change

Explains how your worldview affects the way you interact with and perceive others at work

  • Unit Resources: How Worldviews Form and Change

Committee BriefWhich Resources Can Help?Summarizes a country’s social, political, and cultural environments, including its geography, government, economy, culture, history, healthcare, and education system

  • Unit Resources: How Worldviews Vary Across Cultures
  • Unit Resources: How Worldviews Form and Change

Identifies at least three sources of potential conflict between your country’s worldview and another country’s worldview

  • Unit Resources: Resolving Conflicting Worldviews
  • Unit Resources: How Worldviews Vary Across Cultures

Compares how people interact in groups and at work in your country and in another country

  • Unit Resources: How Worldviews Form and Change

Proposes at least three actionable solutions to address potential conflicts and foster collaboration between people from your country’s worldview and those of another country

  • Unit Resources: Resolving Conflicting Worldviews

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