“The Mindset List” from Beloit College is an absolutely brilliant idea and addresses something of which I am increasingly aware: how people seems unable to place themselves within a continuum of humanity and endeavour to understand how the world we inhabit came to be, how ideals are passed on – and, more importantly, improved upon – century after century.
What started as a witty way of saying to faculty colleagues “watch your references,” has turned into a globally reported and utilized guide to the intelligent if unprepared adolescent consciousness. It is requested by thousands of readers, reprinted in hundreds of print and electronic publications, and used for a wide variety of purposes.
I’ve always been very aware of the cultural context in which I was raised, perhaps because I loved music from when my grandparents were children and passionate about films they were too young to see in the cinema.
When working with people, particularly people from different cultures, its vital to understand the context in which this person lives and works and the texture of everyday life. We should always draw up a “mindset list” when starting work with a new client or colleague.