Communication is Essential in a Crisis

communicating with one another

by Aggie Perilli

At a recent gathering of women professionals, an associate asked me to address why communication is especially vital in a crisis, when some might be tempted to turn a blind eye in the hope that no one will notice.

I thought of Johnson & Johnson’s 1982 recall of Extra-Strength Tylenol after seven people died from ingesting capsules that had been criminally tainted with cyanide.

Following this unthinkable crime, Tylenol’s 37 percent of the $1.2 billion analgesic market dropped to 7 percent and marketers predicted that the brand would never recover.

Gloria Steinem’s Top Ten Ways To Live Fearlessly

communicating with ourselves and one another

At the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia in October, feminist and social justice activist Gloria Steinem presented her 5,000-member audience with a list of the top ten ways she learned to live fearlessly. In the style of David Letterman, the legendary Steinem read her list backwards.

10. Reverse the golden rule and treat yourself as well as you treat others. Take time to nurture your own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being so that you can feel and be your best.

Prevent Disasters: Replace Nuclear Power with Clean Energy

communicating with nature

by Aggie Perilli

In August, I was dismayed to write about 14 significant events or near misses at nuclear power plants in the United States last year. Near misses raise the risk of accidents that can be lethal for area workers, neighbors and the environment.

While writing that post, an earthquake underscored the imperative of replacing nuclear power, as well as fossil fuels, with more cost-effective renewables that are safe and clean.

Last year’s near misses occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina (three times) and Virginia. 

Just Don’t Call Me Late for Dinner

what’s in a word?

by Aggie Perilli

Exactly one month ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gave gay couples the right to marry. I was tickled by the New York Times article entitled You’re Making Me the Bride? A Hiccup for Gay Unions. A gay couple from the East Village had tried to apply for a marriage license early. The marriage application in the city clerk’s office required the two men to choose either bride or groom. When this was brought to the attention of city officials, they quickly scrambled to expand their forms.

Prevent Disasters: Shift To 100% Clean Energy Today

communicating with nature

What We Know:

  • When Jimmy Carter was president, he had solar panels installed on the roof of the White House. In 1977, the prescient Carter predicted: “Unless profound changes are made to lower our consumption of fossil fuels …and to use renewable energy sources like solar power, we will feel a mounting pressure to plunder our environment. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but if we fail to act quickly, it will. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge that our country will face during our lifetime.”