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Andrea Morisette Grazzini

CEO, WetheP, Inc.


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When, How and Why have your most strongly held views changed?

I'm interested in transformative "In situ" social change.

There is research and opinion that adults face tremendous obstacles to changing their views. That education helps, but generally isn't enough. Of if views change, they do so because of traumatic life experiences or in times and places beyond their everyday lives. Such as in college or experiences in other geographical cultures.

Most particularly, it appears, change evolves in deep-reflection when hidden and/or hard to accept truths emerge. There is also evidence that this occurs in sustained relationships structured around relationally developed trust and intentional dialogues about values, including opposing views.

So, what you think? Have you changed? When, how, why? And, if applicable, who else was involved?

Extra points for "in situ" change -- change achieved in home communities or familiar cultures.

Many thanks in advance for your comments,


Closing Statement from Andrea Morisette Grazzini

Thank you all for so energetically engaging in this dialogue.

The breadth and depth of the comments and interaction between all has been quite rich. I can't help but feel this discussion amounts to a small example of "in situ" change in action.

Many illuminations have been shared and in the process, others emerged.

As each person has communicated parts of their story here, something like dynamic transformation can be detected. Perhaps not as much in individual ideals as in new understandings of the universal mix of simple and complex realizations of change and the possibilities for co-reflection.

Differences in our ages, experiences and perspectives make the discussion even more rich and dimensional. And yet shared themes are clearly evident -- most powerfully -- some of these were developed in the simple act of telling.

I would say what we have here is something of a small organically developed cultural enclave. Wherein each individual voice comes through clear, while the sum of all in relationship gives it a novel, community-style substance and form.

To carry this momentum forward I am going to build on our discussion, in the following ways:

First -- I will build another question related to this conversation, including Revett's thoughts on how, so we can delve deeper. Keep an eye for this--coming soon!
Second -- I will seek ways to capture Lindsay's observations of this "Choir of Inner Voices" in some lasting format. Stay tuned for developments!

Meanwhile, I am very grateful for the candor of your comments and interactions.

Hope you'll join "our" continuing story. I suspect there is much more we can unfold together....


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    Apr 25 2011: At a friend's party last night I was thinking, for the longest time my friends in their mid-20ies seemed to possess this diamond sparkly currency called youth.
    For me ageing has been the single most humbling change-making process, one I am able to observe daily with wonder thinking: wow I didn't expect that! This process has greatly inspired my work but also my approach and attitude towards people.
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      Apr 25 2011: Minou,

      What a beautiful phrase -- "diamond sparkly currency called youth." Aging can have a burnishing effect on some, so that while the changes perhaps dim some of the perceived sparkly, they meanwhile can seem to sharpen other gem-like qualities.

      As I approach middle-age I notice certain others my age radiate something deeper, less symmetrical--less superficially "perfect" and often much more complex. But of value and beauty, too.


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