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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 26 2011: Two years ago ( at the age of 53) I was at a party and I just sat and watched quietly instead of interacting as I normally would have. Over the next two days my mind slowing became very quiet and I went thru a profound change. Colors became brighter, tastes became more intense, everything was more beautiful and I was more in love with my wife of twenty years than I had ever been. I had previously been extremely interested in (and usually angry about) world affairs and politics but now I lost all interest in it, (I just found it boring). Over the following weeks and months I read spiritual books like a sponge.Nothing that happened at work or in life could really get me upset. I became very interested in Buddhism and have been studying and practising it ever since. The extreme change in my conciousness seemed to last for about three months and then slowly abated but I have never fully returned to my old self. I stopped all forms of news media and haven't read a paper or watched or listened to the news in almost two years and I've never been happier or more peaceful. I listen to Ted lectures voraciously because they are stimulating in a positive way. When my friends or family start talking about politics or world affairs I don't mind and I listen but it doesn't really affect me. I don't usually participate until the subject changes to human nature, spirituality or psychology and then I love talking about it. I really have no idea why this change occurred but I feel blessed and I'm so thankful that I have been given this gift. I'd love to hear from anybody else with a similar experience.

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