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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 9 2013: show's me for assuming... I thought you had a problem with the solution of livestock... well good discussion, go team!
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      Mar 9 2013: Hi Travis,

      Is this your response to my long explanation to you? If yes, it is showing up out of sequence and makes it hard for readers who may try to follow. When you use the "reply" button on the upper right of a given comment, yours will end up in the right spot.

      To the left of this comment here you will see either 1,2, or 3 arrows.
      When there are 3 arrows on a comment you won't see a "reply" button because there is none.
      At that point you can still keep your reply in "sequence" by going to the first comment in that string (the one you had initially responded to) and click "reply" there. That way we keep the conversation in flow like a beautiful waterfall :-)

      Also there is a Thumbs up button on the upper right side (next to 'reply'). When we give a comment a thumbs up it indicates to the conversation member that we appreciate their comment, and we find it helpful. I do this to comments I come across on my "learning path" that I feel people who might pass by there after me will benefit from reading. I rejoice when I go back and see the increased number of Thumbs on that same comment.I love that I made others read something that I learned from.

      I like what you said about ASSUMING. I was a math and science student and my mind was trained to assume things because that is how reliable math and science are. Later I had to learn that assumptions are exactly what don't not work when it gets to people and life.


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