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How Groupthink Works In light of the binary discourse that is floating about my last blog, Like A Collective Brain Snap, this may serve as a follow up. People often scratch their heads wondering why people do things and in exasperation and dismissal come up with the traditional stupidity/idiot causation scenario. This kind of binary […]
Until Nothing Changes in Safety The industry of safety becomes more and more fixed in its current trajectory through its linguistic practices, semiotic meanings and social reproduction. What does this mean? Humans are the sum of their social relationships and the language that is used to communicate identity. Safety articulates itself through a discourse of […]
Zero Harm – Just Imagine Just imagine a world where no one is harmed at work. Imagine Utopia where no one skins a knee riding a bike, no one cuts their hand with a Stanley knife, no one falls over in the shower and no one gets dust in their eye on a windy day. […]
Safety Politics as Ideological Homogeneity One of the reasons you don’t hear much discussion about politics and ethics in the safety industry is due to naivety and unprofessional approaches to education. One cannot claim the word ‘professional’ unless one is prepared to acknowledge that all decision making and judgment involves political and ethical trade-offs. The […]
Understanding Safety as an Archetype We all accept the idea of archetypes in our language and speech everyday. We often talk about how Love won through and how the Market behaves. We talk about the condition of the Economy and how ‘Hope springs eternal’ (Pope 1734). We talk about what Society does and we personify […]
No Hope for Safety One of the fascinating things about culture in safety is an extraordinary satisfaction with a lack of definition and a phenomenal acceptance of assumptions about critical issues. For example, you won’t find discussion anywhere in safety about the nature of Hope, nor the nature of Faith for that matter. This is […]