Breaking our Silence
All of this calls for professional courage.
A huge gap persists between what we as individuals may know and accept privately, and what we’re prepared to acknowledge publically in our professional lives.
When salaries, careers, client accounts, advertising revenues and all the rest depend on our silence, speaking up for what is right is not the most convenient professional choice, and so business, marketing and media interests continue to interact in ways that distort our view of reality and sustain the slow- motion response to the global crises.
Perhaps what our children and future generations need most from us right now is to break the silence that keeps the status quo in place. We have to stop leaving our personal values and concerns in the lobby, and find the courage to bring them into our professional lives, so that our work, our workplaces and our organisations can become agents of change.
An enormous responsibility rests on the shoulders of the present generation. You and I and the work we do today will determine the shape of life on Earth for generations to come – whatever we do.
If you want to reconcile your professional ambitions with the need to make a meaningful difference, this is the moment of reckoning.