Reality Changes Faster than Perception

Sep 07, 2007 Published under OneVoice Movement

A YGL from Colombia mentioned at a session here in Dalian that
‘reality changes faster than perception,’ which is a challenge to
Colombia because even as vast economic, social and political
developments take place, the stereotype about Colombia as a dangerous
guerrilla-ridden zone will take far longer to change.

The same problem exists in conflict areas.

It is a serious challenge because media will have a big incentive to
report the bad, but relatively little compunction to report the good.

At a session on simulating business management of risks, an executive
of a newspaper explained he was primarily driven by selling more
newspapers, so controversial and negative developments that shock,
scare, and incite will always take the front page.

For OneVoice, and for moderates and centrists worldwide, this presents
a serious challenge.

Sent from my iPhone – pardon typos

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