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Fun with Worldviews: Cultural Cognition and Building Bridges between the Boxes We Inhabit

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These slides help illustrate the the theory of worldviews called Cultural Cognition, in particular its relationship to dialogue and deliberation. For more information on cultural cognition, visit www.culturalcognition.net
Cultural cognition¹s applications for local democratic activists are described in Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home (Susan Clark and Woden Teachout, Chelsea Green Publishing,
2012). www.slowdemocracy.org

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Fun with Worldviews: Cultural Cognition and Building Bridges between the Boxes We Inhabit

  1. 1. www.slowdemocracy.org
  2. 2. Individualist Communitarian
  3. 3. Traditionalist (Hierarchist) Individualist Communitarian Egalitarian
  4. 4. “Cultural Worldviews” The Cultural Cognition Project
  5. 5. Representative Survey Items We have gone too far in pushing equal rights in this country. Communitarian Individualist Hierarchical Egalitarian Communitarian Our society would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal. The gov’t should stop telling people how to live their lives. It’s society’s responsibility to make sure everyone’s basic needs are met. A B D C
  6. 6. “Cultural Worldviews” The Cultural Cognition Project, Yale Law School
  7. 7. Distribution of Cultural Orientations in the United States Communitarian Individualist Hierarchical Egalitarian Communitarian
  8. 8. Quick overview of national map
  9. 9. Conflicting Cultural Orientations
  10. 10. Citizen deliberation vs. cultural cognition
  11. 11. MONDAY Orientation to CIR TUESDAY Pro/Con presentation/rebuttal WEDNESDAY Witnesses called by panel THURSDAY Pro/Con closing arguments FRIDAY Write and present CIR Statement
  12. 12. CIR Panel on Measure 73 First CIR held Aug 9-13, 2010 Measure 73 would establish increased minimum sentences for certain repeated sex crimes and drunk driving.
  13. 13. Shifting CIR Positions on Measure 73 BEFORE DELIBERATION 0 1 STRONGLY 4 10 3 STRONGLY OPPOSE OPPOSE NEUTRAL FAVOR FAVOR STRONGLY OPPOSE NEUTRAL FAVOR STRONGLY OPPOSE AFTER DELIBERATION FAVOR
  14. 14. The cultural locations of the 2010 Citizens’ Initiative Review panelists and their final position on the mandatory minimum sentencing measure
  15. 15. The cultural locations of the 2010 Citizens’ Initiative Review panelists and their final position on the medical marijuana measure
  16. 16. For more information on cultural cognition, visit www.culturalcognition.net Cultural cognition’s applications for local democratic activists are described in Slow Democracy (Susan Clark and Woden Teachout, Chelsea Green, 2012). www.slowdemocracy.org

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