For some time now it has been a virtual conga line of criticism for Safety. Even a casual search across the many researchers in the S2 movement (Dekker, Hollnagel etc) reveals an industry desperately in need of reform. Why is this so? If we go back to the foundations of the modern safety … [Read more...] about Why is Safety an Easy Target?
Social Psychology of Risk
Lovely to hear the positive story about how SPoR provides constructive and positive approaches to tackling risk. This is the story of a scaffolder Travis Stephens from Perth, Australia, talking about what SPoR does in practice, for those who want to listen and learn. The podcast is here, … [Read more...] about A Scaffolder’s Journey in SPoR – A Podcast
Unthinkable As we listen to the responses to the Australian Cricket team ball tampering affair we hear that most people think that the team was thinking rationally about cheating. Many attribute the work of conspiracy to the issue as if the senior players ‘planned’ rationally to cheat. Only a few … [Read more...] about Unthinkable
Beneficence (the state of helping to do common good) is one of the core values in most professional codes of ethics. (Please note, a code of ethics is neither a moral philosophy or an ethic). We see the language of beneficence in all the helping professions except safety, which doesn’t identify … [Read more...] about Safety For the Common Good
A conversation between Dr Nippin Anand and Dr Robert Long on the importance of understanding gesture in relation to understanding culture. The discussion is based on the SPoR Ritual and Gesture Tool. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6tzpqWQGpahv4DzpFPMSRK?si=34403960414540ac&nd=1 … [Read more...] about Gestures in Risk Management – A Podcast
Something different to Safety I have just finished visiting a client in the mining field and was reflecting on some of the first conversations we had before we started working together. The client only knew what they didn’t want! They didn’t want a disaffected workforce. They … [Read more...] about Something Different To Safety
C. G. Jung on Risk and Safety Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has had a profound influence on western thought and practice (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Jung ). His theory of archetypes is the foundation of the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator which is in constant use and has … [Read more...] about C. G. Jung on Risk and Safety
Sometimes we get feedback from people in risk and safety for whom SPoR has transformed the way they tackle risk. On most occasions we don’t hear back from the many thousands who access all that is free and downloadable in SPoR. This week I received a wonderful note from someone in the UK and … [Read more...] about My Journey with SPoR
One of the scariest results in the Zero Survey is that 89% of respondents believe that zero creates dishonesty in safety (https://safetyrisk.net/zero-survey-update/ ). We live in an undiscerning age where so many are seduced by mis-information. This is evidence of an education system that doesn’t … [Read more...] about What Does Misinformation Do in Safety?
One of the most worrying results of the Zero Survey (https://safetyrisk.net/zero-survey-update/) is the number of people in safety who believe the meme: ‘safety is a choice you make’. Belief in such mythology has huge implications for how one approaches incidents, events and methods/training. If … [Read more...] about Safety is NOT a Choice