“Worldmaking as we know it always starts from worlds already on hand; the making is a remaking.” — Nelson Goodman
“World building suggests underlying structures without fully revealing them at first, in order to make the work more about the journey of uncovering meaning,”
Tiger Dingsun and Nelson Goodman have inspired me to consider "world-building" in really broad terms, as the simple act of defining an ontology. You might say we engage in world-building when we:
— organize a file cabinet
— plan a daily routine
— explain our jobs to people
— create an outline for an essay
— design a syllabus
— build a template to be customized by others
... and so on.
I think this world-building has a sort of innate appeal to us — or to me anyway.