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Jun 8, 2018

Association Chat News Daily Flash Briefing

Some sad news this morning as we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death by an apparent suicide – Bourdain was a chef, author, and TV personality who also appeared years ago at an ASAE conference to talk about lessons about management from running a kitchen. 

Bourdain's suicide may not be association news specifically, but it does impact us all.

There is an epidemic of suicide in the United States and Bourdain’s death and fashion designer Kate Spade’s unexpected suicide earlier this week has brought a focus to this situation in Americans’ minds.

Why is this happening and what can we do about it? How can we identify the signals in others that they may be in danger? What can associations do to curb this problem?

There are a lot of questions to be sure. More than what this Flash Briefing can contend with.

Perhaps as we go through our day today we think on this and discuss it with each other online.

Or call each other.

Or actually meet with each other in person.

Maybe we do something instead of shaking our heads and moving along.


This wasn’t the Flash Briefing I had in mind to post for today, but I had to share it.

I’ll post another briefing later with more information about next week’s events and some info on things that happened this week, including some excerpts from my interview with association contrarian Jeff De Cagna.

Please let me know if this news of suicide is getting to you too. Send me a message on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram @kikilitalien or email me and let me know.

If you are thinking about suicide...if you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @800273TALK (8255).