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Walk Outs Who Walk On share their stories about how and why they chose to walk out of limiting beliefs and to walk on to invent and experiment with new ways of creating change. By sharing their stories, they strengthen our own courage, resolve and commitment.

My Story

by Community Blog June 25, 2013

Author: Veena Vasista
(Reprinted from Veena’s blog: See & Connect)

My name is Veena Vasista. I’m a Yank who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, went to university in upstate New York and  left the States at age 23 to live in Europe – first Germany and then England, which – more or less – has been where I have lived for the last twenty years. My parents migrated to the US from India in the 60s.

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Walking Out of the Gallery Scene

by Community Blog June 11, 2013

Author: Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris

Dear people,

I would like to tell an inspiring story, but I find myself in the uncomfortable in-between state of having walked out of the old, and not yet having hit solid ground in the new. And perhaps this story needs to be told as well for others who are in a similar position.

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Gifts of the Magi in Moscow

by Community Blog January 21, 2013

Author: Ekaterina Khaletskay​a

“I think there is something in you. Or maybe there isn’t something in you. Although that’s probably the same thing.”

–  Haruki Murakami

The idea to host a gifting evening came to us a few weeks ago when Masha and I were sitting in the kitchen at the office where we work. We were inspired by the invitation from the Walk Out Walk On community to host a Shop of the Open Heart. We exchanged our experiences with gifting at this time of the year and how we often miss the meaning of it all. We also said we wanted to experiment with another kind of gifting and began to prepare the Shop of the Open Heart Moscow. We called it a Red Nose Evening (don’t ask me why).

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Finding a New Path Forward

by Community Blog July 27, 2012

Author: Jose Luis Esparza

I worked at Procter & Gamble for 22 years, in Mexico for 9 years and almost 13 in Cincinnati. I was happy in my work and was working very hard, around 12 hours per day. I was doing something that I love, which is sustainability and renewable energy. However, one night, around 2.5 years ago I realized that this was not what I really want to do. It was not my life mission. So I decided to look for my life mission.

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Never Really Took Part

by Community Blog July 19, 2012

Author: Floris Koot

I never felt I really fit in, though I tried. I really did. I never succeeded, but I can play the part like I fit in. This led me to a discovery. I feel there’s so much grey between walking out and staying in. I lived in that grey for years and will continue to. I am a bridge builder and man of many worlds. I am at the edge of everything, therefore also a Walk Out. For years I struggled with this, until I bought a book about the fool. When I saw the book, I immediately knew it would change my life forever in ways I couldn’t know yet.

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The Inspiring Flipside of Bureaucracy

by Community Blog July 7, 2012

Author: Liam Barrington-Bush

When I was told I was being made redundant from a national charity in England two-and-a-half years ago, I was upset for about an hour. Then I was relieved. Then I started applying for jobs. And then something shifted.

More accurately, it shifted when I was offered a new job; also at a national charity, but moving into the ranks of management. A positive career step, by any traditional measure, but when I thought about the seamless transition from one organisation I felt had long outlived its passion and usefulness, to another, I felt physically ill.

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Letting Go of the Ledge

by Community Blog April 23, 2012

Author: Yasmina Alpargatas

My name is Yasmina Alpargatas, I am a mixed woman of the diaspora, of East African/Gujarati Indian and Uruguayan/Italian/Spanish/Guarani ancestry, born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

I can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve got to walk out of my job. Every day, it feels less and less right, being there. Every day I’m capable of taking less shit. I’m opening my mouth and speaking out. I just can’t hold it in any longer.  The culture of my work is soul crushing, and she is crying out to be released. The irony is that she sits in a cage whose door is open. And it is my mind who has been blind and is only now beginning to see the opening.

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Walking Out Over and Over Again

by Community Blog July 12, 2011

Author: Lex Schroeder

We often become walkouts long before we call ourselves walkouts. We make choices to walk out of systems, lifestyles, and beliefs that no longer serve us long before we understand ourselves as walkouts or find our new community. We do what we need to do unconsciously at first, not realizing the self-preserving choices we’ve made until later. Good choices happen just like bad choices—while we’re busy living our lives, sometimes without us noticing and almost always without us fully comprehending. At least this has been my experience.

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Broccoli Seeds and Bicimaquinas

by Community Blog April 7, 2011

Author: Aerin Dunford

My tasks this morning included washing clothes in a bicycle-powered washing machine and harvesting broccoli seeds from a flowering plant. If you had told me six years ago that these would be “normal” activities for me, I would have hardly believed you. In 2005 I was deeply immersed in a very different world: studying for a master’s degree in management in Vermont and on my way to becoming another cog in the non-profit industrial complex as an organizational consultant or NGO profesionista. Today, I live in Oaxaca, Mexico and work in urban gardens, host conversations about engaging communities, convene transformative gatherings and make jewelry, clothes and art from garbage. So what’s my Walk Out Walk On story?

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