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Andrew Thorp

Founder, Speakeasy Groups

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Have you reinvented yourself, or started a movement?

Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson and Derek Sivers all talk about the potential we have to effect the change we want and start something that attracts attention and gets followed. I believe this too, but I'd love to hear from people who've done it. What was it you changed, and why? What struggles did you have and how did you overcome them? And what lies ahead for you?


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    May 30 2011: I joined the Peace Corps and, after spending three years in the "developing world", found that I was the one who needed to develop. There is a lot of wisdom in the world that isn't flashy and might not fit nicely into a "buy this newest thing" economic system, but I think it's the kind of wisdom that I was longing for. Community. Kindness. Patience. Having enough. Helping others. Simple ways of living that, at the end of the day, I think we all love. I'm not sure what a movement like that might look like, but it's something I look forward to being a part of.

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