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Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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Have you believed something - or the idea of something - and discovered you were mistaken, or wrong? What's your story & what did you learn?

Our world view often conjures up ideas or beliefs that seem to 'fit' within it. We often cluster beliefs with ideas or behaviors that 'sound' right to us. Every now and then, the ideas we hold are simply wrong, or at least need to be questioned. I'd like to hear examples of paradigm shifts that changed your world view or point of view. When have you been mistaken?

These experiences, or paradigm shifts, often surface through cultural beliefs, politics, in beliefs relating to sustainability and environmental preservation, or human behavior/relationships - but are certainly not limited to these. What have you assumed to be true or right, and suddenly found yourself doubting your certainty?


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    Aug 9 2011: i used to believe that if you use the needed quantity of natural resources, everybody on the earth will get his/her share. And still I strongly believe in it, but to send this message across the community and spread it across the world, you need to differentiate. To differentiate, you may need to use more resources and lead the world. After reaching that level, you have to come back to ground when whole world is looking at you. People never follow the right people on the ground, but they will follow the people on top(no matter they are right or wrong).
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      Aug 9 2011: Are you saying there are enough natural resources on the planet for everyone, and to achieve buy in and cooperation to accomplish this, it will require more natural resources in order to spread the message? Then it's important to demonstrate it in real life, on the ground, so the world will believe it? However, the people that really know how to get this done on the land/ground are often not the people who get the attention, or have the power? Brijesh, I'm not meaning to put any additional meaning or words to what you said. I'm trying to understand exactly what you're seeing and saying. It is interesting, and I want to be sure I get your exact meaning.

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