WorldViews Consulting…

…building capacity that fosters

a ‘culture of sustainability’

• enhancing quality of life, within the limits of Nature •

Working with:

 • non-profits                  • educational organizations

 • businesses                  • governments

From the WV blog

Sustainable Enterprises, both For Profit and Not-for-Profit, Will Require Fundamental Changes to Economic, Social and Political Systems

Doughnut Economics Model, Kate Raworth,

Humanity’s current economic systems have placed our collective future in a very problematic straight-jacket. But it is not just the economy that is the problem, it is how all of us link to the economy – personally and collectively – in short, the cultures of our world are all skewed toward the economic status quo.

Although there have been many influential economic thinkers over the years, few have been successful at igniting widespread trends in rethinking, redesigning and implementing meaningful, positive change to our economic systems – change that will put humanity onto a sustainable path. Assumptions about the need for continuous economic growth within an essentially competitive business environment, along with the structural links between economic growth and consumption, as well as the links between consumption and carbon emissions – all conspire to create the Gordian knot that blocks the path towards a sustainable future.

Kate Raworth is a brilliant, young economist in the UK who in recent years has had a significant impact on global discussions about the economy. Her recent book, called “Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist”,  (Click here to continue reading…)

Award for Museum of Edmonton Strategy

IEdmonton City Museum Strategyn October of 2016, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute gave an Award of Merit to WorldViews Consulting and its partner Intelligent Futures (a Calgary-based urban planning firm).  The Award, in the category of ‘Special Study’, pertains to strategies developed for the Edmonton Heritage Council as it stewards the creation of a City of Edmonton Museum.  What is most unique about this initiative is that this is a museum without walls.  Instead of being a building that functions as a destination for visitors during their leisure-time, the museum engages citizens in processes of sharing stories, imagining futures, discussing issues and building connections that are important in day-to-day life.  Read more about the project – Edmonton City Museum Strategy.

WorldViews Consulting is Part of ’17 Goals’

WorldViews Consulting is a partner in the ambitious initiative called “17 Goals”, which is a global response to the United Nations’ adoption of its long awai221275ted Sustainable Development Goals – September 25th, 2015! Led by the AtKisson Group, organizations from around the world are lending support to help realize the UN’s ambitious program of fostering a culture of sustainability. Individuals and organizations are offering their skills, resources and energy (some at little to no cost) in a spirit of collaboration and commitment to tackling our global/local challenges and opportunities.  Check it out…

WorldViews is Now a ‘First Explorer’
using the Flourishing Business Model Canvas

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Flourishing Business Model Canvas

For the past several years, I have been a member of a fascinating group that has been creating a new organizational development tool – the Flourishing Business Model Canvas – designed to cultivate a culture of sustainability through business. Initially, I was attracted to the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Design Group, centred at the graduate program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto.  There, a friend and colleague, Bob Willard, along with initiator, Antony Upward, (and others) were creating this tool for designing organizations that could balance their goals of economic, social and environmental well-being. Although this work came out of the business world, I could see that such an approach to an integrated set of value propositions would serve non-profits as well as for-profits. Now, with the beta-version of the ‘canvas’ released, I have become a First Explorer and have been working with a number of non-profits, mostly museums, and have found the tool to be very useful in generating critical discussions about purpose, strategies and measures of success!  By next year, the canvas will be revised again, a book will be published as a guide, and the basic materials will be available online under a Creative Commons licence for free. Stay tuned!!  Until then, check out more at and

2014 Research Fellow (Museum Studies) at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Douglas Worts, in front of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2014

From November through December, 2014, I was honoured as the first Research Fellow in Museum Studies at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  During my time at the museum, I brought my long-standing interest in visitor-based creativity and audience research, as well as my more recent work in how culture informs the direction and future of our society.  In this context, museums have the potential to develop new tools and approaches that can engage communities on issues that are defining our world today. I conducted a number of workshops, both with staffs of the O’Keeffe museum and other local cultural organizations, as a way of generating new opportunities for these organizations to build creative and enduring relationships that can serve the wellbeing of the communities.  Essentially, the work was designed to help the museum foster a culture of sustainability in Santa Fe.  For a summary of my time a the O’Keeffe Museum, click here.

Pyramid Planning: an approach to building a ‘Culture of Sustainability’


Click here for more information about how the AtKisson Method can help you with your sustainability planning.

The experience of building a pyramid provided remarkable clarity and direction in a realm where these things are often lacking… recommended for anyone concerned about the state of the world.” says Glenn S.

Douglas Worts has consulted and worked with some of the most prominent cultural organizations in the world:

  • The Getty Museum;
  • Victoria & Albert Museum;
  • Art Gallery of Ontario;
  • Royal Ontario Museum;
  • Virtual Museums of Canada;
  • Canadian Museums Association;
  • American Alliance of Museums;
  • Oakland Museum;
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art;
  • Dallas Museum of Art;
  • and many more

WorldViews Consulting draws on the expertise of Douglas Worts in a diverse range of specializations:
1) Museums and Art Galleries, including:
– strategic planning
– public program development
– fostering public creativity
– audience research
– exhibit development
– planning that fosters a ‘culture of sustainability’

2) Teaching at universities & colleges on topics of museums, culture & sustainability, including:
University of Toronto, York University, Trent University, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, George Brown College, JFK University, Michigan State University, Washington University

3) Sustainability training, including:
Global Reporting Initiative
Leadership for Environment and Development
UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development
Working Group on Museums and Sustainable Communities

WorldViews Consulting Services, including:

  • workshops on sustainability, adaptive renewal and the role of culture in our lives
  • keynote addresses
  • visioning sessions
  • strategic planning
  • sustainability assessments of existing operations
  • development of sustainability indicators and other resource material development

Contact: Douglas Worts – douglas (dot) worts  (at)  worldviewsconsulting (dot) ca