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Are You Living on an [Organizational] Island?


As defined by the online encyclopedia Britannica, an island is “any area of land smaller than a continent and entirely surrounded by water.” When you live on an island, most of your life is constrained within the geographical boundaries of the territory, which includes the inherent circumstance of being surrounded by water. Your day-to-day activities depend on a large amount of products that are transported via cargo ships; for example oil, food, electrical appliances, machinery and equipment, vehicles, and plastics. Mobilizing people in an emergency evacuation is a feat that clearly takes more than a car and a full trunk. The likelihood of short- and medium-term disruptions on communications, technology, and other essential infrastructure is higher than in larger landmasses. Disruptions to this supply chain are devastating to most businesses and the people depending on them, both as owners or consumers. I visited the island of Puerto Rico, 18 months