The following was anonymously submitted to me.
When it comes to the oil and gas industry, it’s so easy to point fingers, but, whether we like it or not, participate in the oil and gas industry daily. By turning on a light switch, we are participating. By having the convenience of running tap water, we are participating. What is difficult is having an open conversation about the topic. Often that conversation, which we think is an open conversation, turns into a heated argument because there is defensiveness on one side and finger pointing on the other. How can we minimize these effects? How can we be open to hearing people’s sides of the story? How can we be part of a positive relationship between what seems to be like oil and water: a relationship between environment and industry? It’s hard to get passed the negative stigma that is already engrained in our brains. It’s hard to, instead of judging and becoming frustrated, simply listening to what the other person has to say. Creating a level playing field is difficult. On watersoftenerguide.com you can learn more about how you can protect yourself from the realities of water these days.
I’m looking forward to the conference because it creates a space for open conversation with people coming from all different types of work fields and stages in life. It sets up an even playing field for discussion on how we begin to make change.