About Warner P. Woodworth
Welcome to my website! Thanks for being interested. On it you will find the various thrusts of my life’s mission, my passions, and the core of my academic and professional work over the years.
The broad categories of my productivity are listed at the top of the home page: Education/Teaching, Worker Empowerment, Third World, General Management, Conference Presentations, Organizational Change, Personal/Family, Media Coverage and my Vita, yet they are in no particular order. Each main link has a brief description that defines each area and contains sub-links for the specific interest you may have. As will soon become obvious, much of my work is “off the beaten track” of traditional professors. This fact is not inadvertant; it is intentional.
This entire website exists for several reasons. One is that the growing crush of individuals seeking information about me, my research, the projects I have (or had), my courses and media coverage has become too demanding for me to respond to all inquiries. By going to my website, people can retrieve articles, books, course descriptions, and so forth. This will make it not only easier for me, but more available to you as well.
Secondly, the website helps me become more transparent as to the work I do, the values I hold, the dreams and strategies I pursue in building a better world. With the ever-growing problems of unethical, illegal and ineffective decision-making carried out by those in power, I’ve grown concerned that too much is done behind closed doors, where secret decisions are made, inappropriate actions occur, and societal damage is inflicted, especially on those at the bottom of the social pyramid.
Hence, one promising objective of the worldwide web is to create greater openness, accountability, and transparency. I support legislation known as “sunshine laws” that require governments to hold open meetngs accessible to the public rather than doing back room deals. I’ve come to increasingly believe, as have prominent world figures like George Soros, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi, that a more open society is a healthier society.
Often, I am asked: “How did you get to where you are now, being able to have a degree of influence for good around the world?” I am continually questioned about this by current students who seek their future life’s purpose, as well as by managers who want to give up corporate positions in order to become social entrepreneurs. Such inquiries also occur when NGO leaders inquire about moving into the private sector. Also donors, housewives, BYU alumni, government officials, academic colleagues, and others raise similar questions. This internet site is an attempt to respond to such inquiries.
A final point I want to make up front is that if I have done any good in the world, I must humbly acknowledge the hand of God, according to spiritual values and principles of the Mormon tradition. All I have ever sought to do is serve a greater purpose, find my own calling in life, and use my time, skills and resources to bless those in need. Being prompted throughout my years by the Holy Spirit, I hope that the world is a tiny bit better.
It is an article of my faith that I believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all…. I believe all things, I hope all things, I have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, I seek after these things.
Write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.