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Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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How attached are you to your deeply held beliefs? If solutions to global problems challenge your worldview, how do you react?

Allan Savory's recent TED Talk introduced an unlikely and politically incorrect solution to reversing global desertification and climate change with the use of livestock as a tool, and different decision making.

Well-meaning laws, bureaucracies, and activists at the mercy of public opinion have stifled this work from moving forward on a large scale in the US. Belief systems and the fear of being wrong often prohibits change.

How do you respond to ideas that challenge your belief system? How do we stop our paradigms and prejudices from unfairly shaping decision making, and allowing us to take real risks for lasting change? What's your reaction to cows helping save the world? What idea have you believed and been completely wrong?


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  • Mar 7 2013: The dominant thought is to continue along the path while making changes that allow us to move forward with our current population, infrastructure, and idea of "progress." Actual change along these lines will be brutal and unforgiving. Nature does not negotiate but we continue to try and cut deals with her. We are in population overshoot. We are melting ice caps. We are pushing hundreds of species towards extinction daily. We have eliminated 90% of the large fish in the ocean. We are still burning fossil fuels. So how do I react when "solutions" challenge my worldview? I haven't heard a solution from industrial humans. Those who live outside of the industrial model have a solution. They're living it. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=u-o-w_dcoCQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Du-o-w_dcoCQ

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