Tim Minchin is an Australian composer, musician, entertainer and comedian who really knows how to reveal the human condition. In this short video he ‘nails’ the challenges of Confirmation Bias (see below). Confirmation Bias is one of hundreds of unconscious filters we use every moment of every day … [Read more...] about How Bias Inhibits Learning in Safety
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I was sent this classic today (https://www.shponline.co.uk/culture-and-behaviours/dominic-cooper-to-err-is-human-or-is-it/ ). I get so much safety nonsense sent to me it is hard to keep up. When you have no linguistic sense nor understanding of an ethic of personhood, it’s so easy to write … [Read more...] about To Err is Human, You Better Believe It
The Indiana Jones media franchise and movie series is one of the highest grossing of all time. The foundation for the success of Indiana Jones is the fascination with: mystery, Religion, cults, ritual, myth, rites, Archaeology, Anthropology, liturgy, trance, artefacts, initiation, aesthetics, … [Read more...] about What Can Indiana Jones Tell Us About Culture
If you want to understand culture then any foundational study of it cannot be undertaken through safety. Safety should not be the conduit for any study in culture. Framing a worldview of anything through a preoccupation with safety toxifies that worldview. The meaning and purpose in life and … [Read more...] about Culture Cannot be Framed Through Safety
These days I watch a lot of Playschool, a children’s TV program on ABCTV (https://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/sites/playschool/). Playschool is a pre-school education program based entirely on imagination and play. Everything about the show is basic - no fancy props, no expensive sets and adults … [Read more...] about What Can Safety Learn From Playschool?
Whenever Safety puts conditionality on culture is no longer talks about Culture but rather the adjective that qualifies thinking about culture. We see this with the work of Reason who applied 5 adjectives to define a culture of safety. These are: ‘reporting’, ‘informed’, ‘learning’, ‘just’ and … [Read more...] about No Good Reason to Follow Reason
In Hopkin’s chapter (4) The Use and Abuse of “Culture” in Safety Culture, Culture Models the assumption is made that misunderstanding and misuse of an idea is ‘abusive’. (The use of such an emotive term is never explained by Hopkins, nor is any connection made between supposed ‘confusion’ and … [Read more...] about Just as Well Culture Doesn’t Listen to Safety
The assumption made in safety is that culture can be explained conceptually and propositionally, when it can’t. No wonder those who describe culture as a ‘fog’ or ‘cloudy’ don’t understand culture. It’s a bit like taking a knife to a gun fight, or asking the wrong questions expecting the right … [Read more...] about On Culture and Safety
Halloween is not an Australian thing indeed, as a child in the 1960s and 1970s there was simply no interest in Halloween in Australia. However, with growing syncretism between US and Australian cultures since the Vietnam War the festival and commercialism of Halloween has been growing Down Under. A … [Read more...] about What Can Halloween tell us About Safety?
Introduction It is nearly ten years since the outstanding research by Wagner and Associates ‘Safety - A Wicked Problem’ was published (http://www.peterwagner.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Safety-A-Wicked-Problem2.pdf). The project examined responses by prominent CEOs to common problems associated in … [Read more...] about Risk and Safety as a Wicked Problem