The Worldview Project’s educational mission is to promote greater cross-cultural awareness, understanding and engagement.
We accomplish our mission through the publication of The San Diego Participant Observer online magazine, the producing of events such as the Harmony & Motion International Music and Dance Festival and the Harmony in Action Cross-cultural Non Profits Fair and through collaborations with other organizations.
Our organization’s greatest achievements and involvement are currently within our San Diego community, but we strive to have an impact on local, regional and national levels.
Why It’s Important
As the world is becoming more socially, politically, and economically interdependent we are facing a greater need for understanding the world’s cultures.
Since American society is rapidly becoming more diverse, improved relations between various cultural groups within our communities and with groups from different cultures and countries largely depends on a better understanding of cultural differences.
America’s finest city, for example, is a mosaic of multiple minorities. San Diego was originally home to the Kumeyaay Indians and the county includes eighteen Native American tribal reservations, which is more than any other county in the nation. According to the 2010 US Census more than 28 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino and more than 15 percent is Asian. Over 25 percent of San Diego’s population is foreign born. The San Diego Association of Governments projects Hispanics or Latinos will become the majority comprising 1/3 of San Diegans by 2020.
A greater understanding of cultures is important to all levels of human interaction, from the level of international politics and commerce to the social interactions found within cities, neighborhoods, workplaces and classrooms.
And this is where our work starts . . .
The Worldview Project was founded as a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit in 2001. Originally known as The Worldview Press, the organization was renamed in 2009 to reflect its evolving wider commitment and involvement in promoting greater cultural knowledge, understanding, and engagement.
The Worldview Project is an educational organization, believing that great knowledge and understanding are at the very core of a more responsible citizenry and more harmonious relations and interactions between people of differing cultural backgrounds.
- 2006: As the organization grew we opened a physical office on Morena Blvd. in San Diego.
- 2006: The online magazine The San Diego Participant Observer was launched providing cultural articles from around the world and specifically information and resources related to the rich cultural tapestry of San Diego.
- 2008: We launched the www.multiculturalbooks.org online bookstore including thousands of curated and hand-picked award-winning and highly rated and reviewed international books and materials.
- 2009: The Worldview Press was renamed Worldview Project to reflect the greater scope of the organization’s work.
- 2011: The first annual Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival was held in Balboa Park. Partnering with San Diego Civic Dance Arts, Harmony and Motion brought together musicians and dancers performing musical and dance traditions from around the world.
- 2013: The first annual Harmony in Action Cross-Cultural NonProfits Fair was produced by the Worldview Project. The annual event brings together more than 2 dozen internationally oriented cultural and humanitarian organizations in San Diego to meet with the public and join in common purpose with each other.
- 2014: The Worldview Project Book Club was formed.
- 2018: (Fall) The Cultures in the Classroom schools program began development.
The Worldview Project is presently organizing exciting new projects and events, so stay tuned!