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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 8 2013: For a long time people evolve their thinking to not end up like their parents, or as stubborn as the eldery couple who lives down the street, but upon finding a good philosophy or belief system that we or the person may feel comfortable with, I've noticed people become somewhat protective and even isolated, choosy and judgmental, how are they any different than the close minded towns with Men that have muliple wives, or really strict cults.
    The whole reason we set out on an adventure, or on a journey to self discovery or to shape our belief system is to ever progress and to stay open to the possibility that something might change, not to end up a closeminded individual with no sense of real opinion or nothing to contribute to societys problems or whatever.
    • Mar 8 2013: Being choosy and judgemental means you have standards. You need to have standards. People are not equal in ethics, intelligence or goodness.

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