InsightsPOSTED March 1, 2015

Failure to communicate can lead to war

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For March, the APEX team is exploring the best communication advice ever.

Maybe it’s something a camp counsellor told one of us as a kid, maybe it’s something one of us read in a book or maybe it’s something that was heard in the news.

Communication is at the core of all communities – it’s impossible to build trust without it.

The first in this series comes from out west. In January, a Maclean’s Magazine cover story proclaimed Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada.

What happened next was surprising – particularly to Maclean’s editorial staff. After the proclamation, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman held a news conference with leaders of all backgrounds to tackle the issue head-on instead of shifting the blame.

Among those who spoke was Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief, in which he distilled the problem to its root.

“You know, I’ve been in different places around the world where if there’s not dialogue happening, if there’s not communication happening, then there’s war happening.”

Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief’s full speech can be heard below.

Ignorance and hate stem from lack of communication. It’s the simplest yet most often overlooked rule in all our lives. From problems with our own interpersonal relationships to larger issues within cities and nations, at its core are lack of communications.

American existential psychologist and author Rollo May also said

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.”

Also, advice that will open doors for us all.

Diane Bégin is an account director at APEX. What communication advice do you have? Let us know here or on Twitter. Also check out what others said.


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