As we enter the second decade of Georgia LEARNS we have been articulating the path to achieving our mission with the following beliefs:

  1. Relationship - Challenges are more likely to be understood based on developing genuine relationship with the people that are involved with the challenges.
  2. Trust - The relationships will be healthy, sustainable, and effective to the extent that mutual trust is nurtured, developed, and authentic.
  3. Truth Perspective - Whether by intent or by chance when the opportunity to need truth accept perspective is presented it will be welcomed - even if challenging - when it is accompanied by mutual trust.
  4. Solution Design - We expect that solutions to persistent challenges will emerge from these relationships that are anchored by trust and truth acceptance of perspective.
  5. Implementation - Knowing what to do is rarely the true obstacle. Doing what is right and effective by overcoming internal resistance to change - frequently not stated and perhaps not even recognized - will be achieved by working with those we know, trust, tell us the truth accept perspective- and involve us in designing and implementing solutions.
  6. Adaptability - Designing and implementing with the awareness that adaptability by ourselves and others will be more likely than not be required sooner than anticipated is normal.

In retrospect we recognized the first decade of Georgia LEARNS as the "Decade of Relationship." With anticipation we are projecting that the second decade (2021-2031) will be characterized as the "Decade of Trust." And yet, with awareness of "Adaptability" - we might learn otherwise regarding either decade.

Please join with me as part of the Georgia LEARNS Now Community as we embark on this mutual exploration during our second Decade. If you are willing to do so then please:

  • Comment on this page regarding these beliefs.
  • Let me know if you are willing to have your name and LinkedIn profile be included in the text of this page as one of the first 100 people to have read this page.
  • Identify one area of professional capability that will also be listed and for which you are eager to help adapt via our work together to enhance mutual trustworthiness. For example - Used Car Sales, Journalism, Social Media, Education, Theology, Medicine, Politics, Internet Security, Software Development, Construction, Leadership, Follow-ship, Customer Service, Being a Customer, Teaching, Learning....
  • Contact me directly if you have any questions.

Paul Terlemezian,, 404-375-8411

  1. Wallace Bruce
  2. Jack Bergstrand - Leadership
  3. L. Neicey Johnson - Collaborator, Leader, Educator, Facilitator, Speaker, Author, Community Engager, Non-profit, Nurse, Attorney

  4. Jerry K. Sutton - Nonprofit Servant Leader, Partner, Storyteller, Veteran, Disability Awareness Advocate, Creative Solutionist, Learning Evangelist

  5. Avish Parashar
  6. Vicki Hudson - Executive coach, mediator
  7. Brent Darnell
  8. Richie Cullom - Software Development by profession , theology by passion 
  9. Allan Hess
  10. Pete Mastin -
  11. Jon Revelos -
  12. Brent Darnell -  
  13. Matt Meador
  14. Donna Smith Fee
  15. Richie Cullom

Comment by Jack Bergstrand on April 20, 2022 at 5:19pm

Congratulations in advance on your decade of trust, with leadership as one of your key priorities.

Comment by Levather (Neicey) Johnson on April 20, 2022 at 6:36pm

Thank you GLN on a successful decade of sharing and learning.  It is my belief that Trust, Truth and are the lynchpins for a good and sustainable relationships.  I look forward to the next decade...

L. Neicey Johnson

Collaborator, Leader, Educator, Facilitator, Speaker, Author, Community Engager, Non-profit, Nurse, Attorney

Comment by Jerry Sutton on April 20, 2022 at 9:49pm

I am so pleased to have the opportunity to serve within the GLN community.  GLN provides wide-reaching access to phenomenal leaders, strategic thinkers, and solutionists.  

GLN focuses on building bridges and not empires, GLN builds networks and relationships, GLN focuses on connecting the community with an eye on solutions to complex problems.  All of these things are underpinned with truth and trust!  

I am proud to call myself a GLN evangelist and look forward to a new decade of finding solutions to the challenges we are sure to face.

Jerry K. Sutton

Nonprofit Servant Leader, Partner, Storyteller, Veteran, Disability Awareness Advocate, Creative Solutionist, Learning Evangelist

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on April 24, 2022 at 7:04pm

Here is an email response from Wallace Bruce:

From: wallbruce2
Date: 20 April 2022, 19:16:50 GMT-5
Subject: Re: GLN "Decade of Trust"  2021-2031


Congratulations on establishing an unique means for sharing experience, knowledge and enhanced learning.  

Little is accomplished without relationships and effective relationships must be built on absolute, unwavering trust.  In organizational settings built on such trust it is often more difficult to know the right thing to do than to do it.

I am humbled and very pleased and fortunate to be a part of your group. You may attach my name if helpful.  I don’t have a LinkedIn presence. Thanks for all your many efforts and positive influence.

Wallace Bruce 

Comment by Avish Parashar on April 25, 2022 at 6:14am

This is great, and a "decade of trust" makes so much sense. I also feel a particular fondness for #5 & #6, as I often speak on adaptability and the idea of taking action, even when uncertain, as it can give tremendous feedback and get you moving. I think when you take those two through the lens of relationship, trust, and truth, you end up with solutions...

Comment by Vicki Hudson on April 26, 2022 at 9:05am

Paul, words cannot express what you have contributed to this community! I would be happy to be included on LinkedIn. I thank you for all of the opportunities you have provided me.

The beliefs resonate with me as well, especially relationship, trust, and implementation. In my experience, these lead to sustainable results.

As to Truth, I think this is important AND I believe we must make space for multiple truths. That's where the trust comes in, sharing our truth as we experience it.

Thank you again for including me all these years,


Executive coach, mediator

Comment by Brent Darnell on April 26, 2022 at 9:50am

I love being a part of this group with these tenants.  They are inspiring if not a bit aspirational.  I always learn something when I'm involved.  I'm all in and would love to be a part of leadership training as well as activity-based learning like applied improvisation, gamification, storytelling, etc. I am really into exploring what makes learning stick and what creates true, lasting behavioral change.   

Comment by Richard Cullom on April 28, 2022 at 3:04pm

How exciting- of course I will participate!

Software Development by profession , theology by passion 
Comment by Paul Terlemezian on April 28, 2022 at 11:12pm

Thank you for the reaffirming comments. This is exciting, it will be enjoyable and I anticipate that we will accomplish important work together.

Comment by Allan Hess on May 4, 2022 at 1:29pm

Well, after some effort, I Can again login and comment…

excited to be part of this journey and with this group. Especially having Paul as our Sherpa.  
so much opportunity to learn, and just as importantly to effect growth and change in myself and society.

looking forward to the next steps in the long journey,

Comment by Pete Mastin on January 11, 2023 at 1:41pm

Paul - Appreciate all you do! Happy to participate and learn more. Of course you can use my LI.

Comment by Allan Hess on January 11, 2023 at 3:52pm

Thank you for including me. Happy to be here.

This is my LInkedIn profile: ;

I think the concept of Trust will be an interesting one to discuss - and uncomfortable for almost everyone. It is an issue that spans across industry, politics, and just about everything in our nation. I suspect that a grad student could do a Thesis dissertation on lack of trust (and tangentially transparency), and the negative impact on our US society, economy, and politics. 

Looking forward to participating and learning !

Comment by Jon Revelos on January 12, 2023 at 10:58am

Although my participation in GAL has ebbed and flowed over the years, my admiration and respect for you, Paul, and the amazing community you've built has never waned. Keep up the great work!

The topic of Trust is a broad (sometimes ambiguous) topic that underpins and enables, as a critical foundational element, all productive interactions (personal or professional). It's a trite response that may be regarded as obvious and vapid, but similar to your belief statement regarding Implementation, the challenge may rest in recognizing this truth that often is staring us in face when confronted with friction and discord. More frequently than we often recognize, the avenue to relief and solution exists in (re)establishing Trust between the parties.

Count me in on the LinkedIn inclusion. (

Leadership Development, Active/Applied Learning Strategies, Use of Story in Learning, Instructional Design

Comment by Brent Darnell on January 13, 2023 at 12:08pm

Paul, you are the catalyst for all of these trusting relationships that have been built.  I think trust is a spot-on focus because it is foundational.  It is a main focus for the folks I work with in the construction industry.  Believe me, if this work can create positive changes in the construction industry, it will work just about anywhere.  My main focus lately has been on diversity, equity and inclusion, workforce development, and mental health and well-being:  all rooted in trust.  Happy to share my LinkedIn profile:  

Comment by Matt Meador on January 16, 2023 at 8:46pm

I have enjoyed reading the discussion. Thought provoking... Trust... Is there a good trust or bad trust? OR is trust an awareness? OR is trust synonymous with "faith"?  

I was privileged to talk with a group of people yesterday and we were using ancient wisdom from Matthew 4:1-11 to discuss temptation. 

We got caught up on turning stone to bread. After 40 days and 40 days and completely famished- what is really so bad about a little bread? Our postmodern societal culture is the same--- is anything we do/endure/experience bad? Anything? Maybe perspective lightens the gravity of the term Truth. Scripture tells us that we cannot live on bread alone--- despite being famished Jesus could have turned those stones into bread---- yet he didn't.... Is the Truth integrity then? He did NOT sacrifice his principles for selfishness. Is the truth righteous ess?

When on top of the pinnacle- Jesus did not throw himself down. Instead- told Satan to Be Gone. Is truth/trust having the courage to be disliked? He could have demonstrated his power, he could practiced dominion over everyone else, yet he didn't... He quoted scripture to Satan and denied the temptation. 

When Satan tempted him a third time by providing everything he ever wanted, yet Jesus still denied that temptation... How many would deny a temptation so illustrious? 

After reading the comments, I am compelled to understand more about what Trust is NOT. Trust is NOT selfish. Trust is NOT dominion or position. Trust is NOT power.

We all know that trust can be used/manipulated for selfish reasons, for power and dominion, however. 

Thinking on MLK day 2023.


Comment by Donna Smith Fee on January 19, 2023 at 10:07pm

Embarrassingly, I have sold used cars but the dealership is also where I learned about credit scores, negative equity, and torque weight.  In regards to truth and perspective, both have to follow authenticity.  Authenticity seems easier to spot than the truth because the latter is often veiled under motivation while the former seems more intuitive and harder to manipulate. I'd love further discussion on this. I'd love to participate in storytelling as it relates to learning and sales enablement.  Count me in for LinkedIn and participation.  Thank you Paul for your brain and your spirit and your generosity. 

Comment by Richard Cullom on January 20, 2023 at 7:56pm

We voluntarily trust all of the time. Every time we get in a car, we agree to trust and to be trustworthy. Think about a roundabout or a 4 Way Stop or a two lane road.. For the most part, others and trustworthy and so do we. But we also don't trust all of the time. We take an extra second before going when a stoplight changes and we don't feel that others will follow the rules. So my  take is that we all live in a "trust but verify" environment. We trust when we dine out, we trust when we get on an elevator or hop a Delta flight out of town. Given this baseline, it seems like the kind of trust for Georgia Learns is a trust of intention. We agree that in this space, our goal of moving the mission forward is the cornerstone for trusting each other. No matter the disagreement, our glue is intention to the mission. 


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