Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of “willful blindness”

Published on Aug 12, 2013

Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of “willful blindness” and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia.)

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2 Responses to Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of “willful blindness”

  1. Frank R says:

    Well spoken and desperately needed by everyone. I believe there is, and has been, a huge silent majority in the world that falls into these categories who are frightened and unwilling to speak up and speak out. My greatest fear is that when they realize they must do so in order to save their own lives that it will be too late.

    Hugs………………Frank R

  2. megan says:

    An excellent and gifted speaker, this lady really knows how to connect with her audience and deliver a very clear and concise message. Hats off to her for this.


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