Are you afraid to raise your hand and speak up? You’re not alone.

Interesting perspective 😀

Chris Murman

Willful blindness: a term used in law to describe a situation in which an individual seeks to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting his or herself in a position where he or she will be unaware of facts that would render him or her liable.

That’s a pretty severe accusation to make against an individual or corporation, and I would imagine that it’s even harder to prove. In her book about the subject, however, Margaret Heffernan asserts that this type of ignorance exists all around us. It exists on an epic scale such as the mortgage crisis in 2008 and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Dai-ichi. In her TED talk, Margaret details the willful negligence of WR Grace in Libby, Montana, where the entire town was exposed to asbestos-related health risks to make a buck.

It took the courage of Gayla Benefield, a…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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2 Responses to Are you afraid to raise your hand and speak up? You’re not alone.

  1. Chris Murman says:

    Thanks for sharing Roger. What drew you to that piece? Have you experienced this in your org?

    • Roger Nield says:

      I was drawn to the timeliness of the piece, though frankly it’s evergreen! In every walk of life the failure to speak out honestly at an appropriate moment lead to many folks being disadvantaged….

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