What Cecil the Lion Can Teach Us About Social Capital

    Crystal Kadakia Posted by Crystal Kadakia, HR Consultant, Owner, Invati Consulting.



    Last week, the unfortunate death of Cecil the Lion sparked international outrage.

    Last week, the unfortunate death of Cecil the Lion sparked international outrage. A 13 year-old resident of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, Cecil was beloved – a leader of two prides and a symbol of the area’s harmonious relationship with protected wildlife. Since the story broke, Walter Palmer, the U.S. dentist who participated in the illegal hunt has experienced grave repercussions, highlighting the importance of building and sustaining social capital in today’s hyper-connected world. Here are the facts as we know them: Mr. Palmer paid compensation in the amount of $50,000 to experts hired to guide the hunt. The lion was intentionally lured away from the safety of the preserve and shot with a bow and arrow. The hunt lasted some 40 hours, after which time Cecil was killed and beheaded. Walter claims he adhered to the law, following all expressed protocol during the hunt. The Power of the “Shareable Sentiment” and Social Capital There’s no escaping the impact of this tragic error – the international community has been particularly vocal about its disdain for both Mr. Palmer and the barbaric details surrounding the event. The power of the shareable sentiment is immediately clear, and the collective value, or social […]