An Unexpected Lesson Learned


An Unexpected Lesson Learned

This morning, we traveled to New York for an urgent business. As usual we have to bear the traffic and everything it brings on the road. Passing by a few industrial plants I saw white smokes billowing from their chimneys. I was expecting that smokes coming out of these industrial plants are black if not grey but I was wrong. There is only one conclusion that I could immediately make – these plants use high-tech filter to prevent air pollution. This is a different scenario when I think of industrial plants, specifically, sugar mills and factories in my own province. I could not stop myself from wishing – “I hope this practice will also be done by industries and factories in my hometown.” For me, it is nice when we are open to the best practices that people do in their community. With that, we are open to the idea…

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Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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