Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is due for release this week and reminds us of the myth of the hero. Particularly, the addiction of Safety to this myth. Here are a few examples: https://www.ergon.com.au/network/safety/safety-heroes … [Read more...] about Indiana Jones and the Hero Myth in Safety
What Does Safety Achieve? Have You Heard the Latest Safety Joke? An Archetype is not the sum of individuals in a group. An Archetype is the representation of a mindset/culture that belongs to a group. In the nature of Safety this is best known through the work of associations, regulators and common … [Read more...] about What Does Safety Achieve?
The myth of certainty proposes that life is knowable, predictable and manageable. Such certainty is not real but is believed and made true symbolically. This is what is observed in the use of the symbol of zero, the belief in the absolute and infinity, applied to fallible humans? The language of … [Read more...] about The Myth of Certainty and Prediction in Risk
The feeling of risk is best captured in one word ‘if’ or even more so, ‘if-then’. Not knowing is foundational to the quest for learning and is essential for humility, developing understanding, empathy and love. All love is about a leap of faith into not knowing. This is why love is so seductive, … [Read more...] about If-Then and The Feeling of Risk
One of the central problems with Safety is its focus on safety, a temporary outcome. The real focus of Safety should be on risk, the permanent and continual presence of uncertainty on outcomes. By focusing on the outcome of safety, the industry misunderstands risk and devalues it and with the … [Read more...] about The Focus Should Be on Risk, Not Safety
There are many other ways of knowing that could be offered in Safety other than those of science, engineering and behaviourism. One’s worldview is one’s bias, especially when it comes to the construction of models as myths in safety. There is no such thing as non-bias or non-prejudice when it comes … [Read more...] about The Risk Matrix Myth