The Power of Explaining Why – A Funny Example
This sign and picture might be a bit rude, so I saved this for a Saturday.
I’ve found this to be a very powerful method to use in hospitals — going out of your way and making the extra effort to explain “why?” to employees or even patients and families.
When I was able to visit a hospital in The Netherlands a few weeks back, I was able to spend some time touring Amsterdam with my hosts.
I spotted this sign on a door in an area where there’s a lot of partying and late night drinking, apparently (you can tell I was there during daylight hours). It’s on a door at the street level, larger picture to follow below:
Larger version of the sign, and it reads:
I wonder if that’s more effective than a sgn that simply says, “Don’t piss here.”???
And… walking to work the other day, from Boston into Cambridge, I saw this gem of a “why?” sign:
Isn’t that more effective? By saying “this drains into the River” and having the picture of the fish (who wants to harm fish?), I bet there’s far less dumping than if it just said “DO NOT DUMP!!!”