Connecting Across the Generations
Michigan State University has been posting a series on “Communication across generations,” and it’s well worth heeding, for all four generations involved – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millenials. (Their birth periods extend from 1900 through 1994.)
In communication terms, we get shaped heavily by seismic events like depression, war and protests. But, individually, we can – and should seek to – rise above such tribulations, so as to connect heartily and constructively with as many people as possible. That can be done by being ever mindful of the importance of listening and of showing empathy.
Gearing Up for Davos Communication, 2017
The WCF Committee is preparing for the eighth edition next year of the annual World Communications Forum at the conference center in Davos, Switzerland. “For seven years,” says Yanina Dubeykovskaya, member of the Committee in her capacity as WCFDavos Founder & Content Director as well as President of the WCFA association , ”we have been able to involve representatives of about 60 countries and transform the event into the most influential and most appreciated diversity-of-expertise platform in the world.“
The world surely needs a crystalline approach to communication and mutual understanding, whether it be snow-capped or not. The WCF program board is preparing the agenda, we trust with clarity about advancing interpersonal communication, rather than furthering bureaucracy. Godspeed!
In Ocala, the Star Banner Seeks Its Readers Advice
The Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Florida, has had a Reader Advisory Board since April, 2015. Its “13 avid readers of the paper” advise the Star Banner’s city desk. Geez, where would we be with newspapers today if more of them had decided to have such direct feedback from readers? Perhaps with more surviving papers, we’d like to think.
Communication, indeed, needs to be a community concern, by whatever means occurs to those members who value effective, constructive relationships. “Getting the word out” is the primary function of newspapers and their community backers. That’s primary, not legacy, mind you.
Be Open – Communicate
Across the country, David W. Hegg in Santa Clara, California, reflects on how “Communication breeds trust. Lack of communication tends to breed suspicion.” And that can happen at a very personal level. “When couples communicate frequently, trust abounds. But silence over time contributes to growing suspicion.”
Yes, be out there and open. The links between people, whether at a community level or personally, are expressed verbally, in terms of presence or, at a community level, print or electronics. Don’t leave a void where words can contribute understanding.
Nuclear Plant Notifications Matter
To the public, the best way to become comfortable with a neighboring nuclear power plant is to be notified when anything unusual happens, however inconsequential it might be. That’s the purpose of the “Unusual Event” notification, the lowest “emergency” level at nuclear plants.
That’s why learning of a nuclear plant – the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry – that pooh-poohed a high radiation event that was resolved quickly, without an unusual event being declared, was annoying. At Three Mile Island after the 1979 accident there, we declared an unusual event even when workers were climbing on the cooling towers in routine maintenance checks, for they’d be visible to the public. We later created a new category – an Event of Potential Interest (EPPI) – for “events” like these. And the neighbors appreciated it.