LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE Y2K PREPARATION EFFORT
Compiled and edited by Kenton H Johnson, Littleton CO USA
A small number of people can make a big difference.
Expect the unexpected, especially when you think you have things figured out -- Diane Squire
People prefer black and white to gray.
People who solve problems are heroes -- those who anticipate and prevent problems are not recognized -- Jan Nickerson
We do not see reality, we each create our own interpretation of what's real -- can we talk -- Meg Wheatley's Principles of Living Systems, via Gerry Kaufman
Anxiety over uncertainty generates denial -- Jan Nickerson
The threat of disaster impacted people on both conscious and subliminal levels around the planet -- The Dalai Lama
In a crisis, people display creativity and resourcefulness, learn and respond quickly -- especially given good information -- experiment constantly to find what works, are unified by shared purpose and meaning, want to help others, and exhibit leadership without being in the role -- Ray Pena
Emergency preparation is intelligent and prudent for the long term.
Self-sufficiency is empowering -- Kathy Garcia
Helping others gain self-sufficiency is very empowering. -- Leslie Varnicle
Community and neighborhood building have created more self-reliance and self-sufficiency, which must continue to protect ourselves from another potentially serious event -- Paloma O'Reilly
Telecommunications, just-in-time inventorying, and other high-tech systems have greatly increased our global interdependence, making our way of life far more fragile than we realized -- Barbara Blakely
High-tech places humanity at unnecessary risk without a low-tech support infrastructure -- Tom Osher
Get the facts firsthand -- don't trust everything you read/see in the news -- Jim Allen
Not understanding complex systems, the media and the public reduce observations into simplistic cause-and-effect explanations and polarize perspectives to the extremes -- Jan Nickerson
When you build the connections, the expertise will show up -- Critt Jarvis
The Internet, while a great new communication medium, can easily be misused by legitimizing rumor -- Barbara Blakely
When Senior Executives pay attention, provide support and monitor the progress of a software project, it is more successful -- Ed Yourdon.
Business and government short-sighted practices nearly caused or allowed local and possibly national disasters -- Paloma O'Reilly
Our governments operate on short-term economic criteria, not public safety -- Jan Nickerson
Some governments realize the tremendous resource that citizen volunteers can be to them and are willing to support our goals of being an effective help to our community -- Cindy Brown
There are many other lessons for industry, government and the media, including the Internet -- see my list -- Dick Mills
- People are wonderful, caring and willing to act on their convictions with little compensation, even if they are in a very small minority.
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