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Remembering a Night of Violence

Violence is bad for business. That view, held by a handful of Houston’s business and political leaders in the early 1960s, contributed to the peaceful integration of Houston’s lunch counters that decade.
Violence is bad for business. That view, held by a handful of Houston’s business and political leaders in the early 1960s, contributed to the peaceful integration of Hous… http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/remembering-a-night-of-violence/

Tragedy in West - Part II

After the tragic explosion at the West Fertilizer Company (WFC) in April, 2013, I wrote that it would take months for experts to conclude what went wrong at the facility in West, Texas. Now, nearly three years later, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard In…
After the tragic explosion at the West Fertilizer Company (WFC) in April, 2013, I wrote that it would take months for experts to conclude what went wrong at the facility in West, … http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/tragedy-in-west-part-ii/

Need for SSPEED and Centennial Gate

Hurricane Ike struck five years ago today. But very little has been done structurally to improve the Houston region’s readiness. A proposal from Rice University’s SSPEED Center to build Centennial Gate across the Houston Ship Channel merits serious consid…
Five years ago today Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Gulf Coast, taking more than two dozen souls and causing the fourth most costly storm in U.S. history. But the fact is, very li… http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/need-for-sspeed-and-centennial-gate/

Why Crises Differ

All crises are not created equally. Some company mishaps slip quickly out of view while others linger on at high cost for months and months. Explanations for the different outcomes can sometimes be found in the actions or inactions of the afflicted compa…
All crises are not created equally. Some company mishaps slip quickly out of view while others linger on at high cost for months and months.  Explanations for the different o… http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/why-crises-differ/

Initial Observations on West Communications

Emergency responders and crisis communicators will for months be sifting through the aftermath of the West Fertilizer Company tragedy near Waco in search of clues and lessons learned.
Emergency responders and crisis communicators will for months be sifting through the aftermath of the West Fertilizer Company tragedy near Waco in search of clues and lessons lear… http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/initial-observations-on-west-communications/

Volunteering for Competitive Advantage

The founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, believes that entrepreneurs can do good business by doing good for others. He inspired me to launch Bridge Builder Communications last September with a business model of volunteering 15 percent of my billable hou…
The founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, believes that entrepreneurs can do good business by doing good for others. He inspired me to launch Bridge Builder Communications last S… http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/volunteering-for-competitive-advantage/

Quotes From Crises - Santa's Naughty & Nice List

In business and political crises, every utterance becomes magnified to the point that ill-fated word choices become forever linked to the incident and the reputation of the speaker and their company. "I'd like my life back" will likely be former CEO Ton…
In business and political crises, every utterance becomes magnified to the point that ill-fated word choices become forever linked to the incident and the reputation of the speake… http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/quotes-from-crises-santas-naughty-nice-list/

Learning from the Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner reminds me of a very useful analogy for helping corporate executives better appreciate the health and safety concerns of their fence line neighbors. I was introduced to the analogy about 20 years ago by risk communication expert Pet…
Thanksgiving dinner reminds me of a very useful analogy for helping corporate executives better appreciate the health and safety concerns of their fence line neighbors. I was i… http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/learning-from-the-turkey/

Companies must build trust to secure country's energy future

Houston Business Journal Guest Commentary headlined "Companies must build trust to secure country's energy future"
Houston Business Journal Guest Commentary headlined "Companies must build trust to secure country's energy future" (PDF) View article in interactive journal on pg 52. http://bridgebuildercommunications.com/blog/company-trust/