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Pamela Gerloff
Dr. Pamela Gerloff is a writer, visionary educator, and specialist in transformational change. She is co-author, with Robert Fuller, of Dignity for All: How to Create a World without Rankism (Berrett-Koehler). She holds a doctorate in Human Development from Harvard University, where, in graduate school, she began to ask two fundamental questions: Why don’t schools change? and When they do, why don’t the changes last? Her quest for answers uncovered ideas, principles, and tools relevant to nearly every domain of life. She founded Compelling Vision™, her own consulting practice, to share her discoveries.

Dr. Gerloff currently writes “The Possibility Paradigm: Transformational Change for Individuals and the World,” a weekly blog on, and is also a featured blogger on She is founder of The Possibility Project and the Global Possibility Network (GPN), brand new initiatives to apply new understandings in psychology, science, and healing to create massive global change quickly and gracefully. She is on-site educational consultant to Civic Bangladesh, a non-profit organization located in Dhaka that works to actualize the principle of dignity for all.

Entries by Pamela Gerloff

Why You Need To Laugh Like a 5-Year-Old

(9) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM

The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day; a 40-year-old, only four.

When I first read that statistic, on a blog called Ageing Healthily, Happily, and Youthfully, I found the 300 times a day number a bit high. But then I thought about my 5-year-old nephew, Bob....

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If This Were a Dream, What Would It Mean?

(8) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 4:55 PM

Sometimes I do a particular kind of contemplation. Taking the view that events in the "outer" world may be understood as a reflection of both my own inner psyche and our national and global collective consciousness, I ask myself, "If this were a dream, what would it mean?" Then I...

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When Cats Pray: How Our Feline Friends Uplift the World

(43) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 6:45 PM

The other day, as I was dusting off a little glass shelf that had been my mother's, I inadvertently bumped one of the tiny figurines on it -- one of a set of blue and white china elephants she had once given me. The disturbance sent all the beloved creatures...

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The Psychology of Revenge: Why We Should Stop Celebrating Osama Bin Laden's Death

(1547) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 9:43 AM

I have modified this post slightly to respond to and incorporate feedback from comments received to the original post. Many thanks to all who are contributing to the conversation. --Pamela

While the killing of Osama Bin Laden is being enthusiastically celebrated throughout America and some parts of the world, to...

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Dignitarian World Emerging: Arianna's Blog Predicts the Future

(14) Comments | Posted January 1, 2011 | 11:49 PM

With the arrival of 2011, we would do well to recognize the future when we see it. For this reason, Arianna's recent blogs, South American Diary, Chile: More Than Miners Are Being Rescued and It Might Be Time to Rebrand It the South American Dream, are...

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What If Released Inmates Stopped Committing Crimes?: Prison Reform That's Already Working -- Like Nothing You've Seen Before

(10) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 7:52 PM

Last week, Senator Jim Webb posted a column discussing the need to reform our criminal justice system.

To help Senator Webb find a bipartisan solution to fixing our broken system, I'd like to suggest a relatively simple, practical, and actually cost-saving way to begin: Start by changing our...

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A Whole New Reality

(6) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 9:01 AM

Today, after yesterday's election and Barack Obama's resounding victory, the world is in a whole new reality. Now people know, deep in their awareness, that anything is possible. That conviction, now embedded in the consciousness of humanity, has already changed us; ultimately, it will fundamentally change the world.

On election...

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Mockery in the Public Discourse: Another Problem with Sarah Palin

(34) Comments | Posted September 10, 2008 | 11:51 AM

Here's a magazine cover I'd like to see: a simple shot of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin giving her acceptance speech to the cheering convention delegates. Superimposed over the photo are headshots of media pundits with their swooning sound bytes, atop a caption that reads: What's wrong with this...

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The Real Reason Hillary Should Not Be Veep

(9) Comments | Posted June 4, 2008 | 4:26 PM

With all the talk of Hillary Clinton becoming Barack Obama's running mate, let's pause for a moment to push out the brain fog. The sane truth is: It should not happen. Here's why:

Of course there are all the usual arguments against it, e.g., Hillary's Iraq war vote; her assassination...

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Obama's Real Challenge: Shifting the Collective Consciousness

(72) Comments | Posted March 23, 2008 | 11:36 PM

"Most men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and continue as if nothing happened." -- Winston Churchill

Churchill's words about the human propensity to ignore the truth that is right in front of us reminds me of the mainstream media's response to Senator Obama's speech...

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Dignity for All: The Language Old Guard Democrats Will Have to Learn

(25) Comments | Posted March 14, 2008 | 6:07 PM

In February, when Barack Obama was at the height of his winning streak, Tom Foreman of CNN's Washington Bureau, wrote:

"One highly experienced Democratic insider told me that the Old Guard of the party is utterly confused by the appeal of Obama -- by the oceans of young people,...

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