The Dynamics of Dehumanisation It is a very sobering experience to stand in a gas chamber and reflect on what happened there. I recently stood in the facility of Mathausen-Gusen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauthausen-Gusen_concentration_camp), one of the largest concentration camps in the Third … [Read more...] about The Dynamics of Dehumanisation
The Mechanistic Worldview and the Dehumanisation of Risk It should be no great surprise to anyone that a huge number of trade-offs have been made by accepting the mechanistic worldview of risk. The narrative in risk over recent history has shifted away from humanising people to that of dehumanising … [Read more...] about The Mechanistic Worldview and the Dehumanisation of Risk
I’m Not Playing Any More By Hayden Collins – First published here Have you ever felt that somebody is manipulating you for their own gain? That your vulnerabilities are being exploited, leaving you helpless? We have all been targets to this kind of behaviour, and I’m sure many of us have inflicted … [Read more...] about I’m Not Playing Any More
Please Don’t Try to Fix Me - I’m Not a Machine My good friend Brian is a ‘tinkerer’, a very good one. If there’s work to be done on a machine Brian is your ‘go to man’. He can analyse, adjust, maintain or fix most things mechanical. For example, I recently bought a second hand lawnmower that wasn’t … [Read more...] about Please Don’t Try to Fix Me – I’m Not a Machine
Safety-as-Persona A persona is a ‘face’ or ‘mask’ one puts on as an actor to take on an identity of what one is not, but for all intents and purposes looks genuine. A persona is a character type that looks real, but hides real intent, motive and purpose. Brilliant actors and actresses are clever at … [Read more...] about Safety-as-Persona
How Semiotics Affects The Return To Work Process A brilliant essay submitted as part of his study for the Graduate Diploma in the Psychology of Risk – by Hayden Collins – http://riskintelligent.com.au/ The Essay Question: What is the semiotics of the return to work industry? DOWNLOAD THE ESSAY: … [Read more...] about How Semiotics Affects The Return To Work Process
Article by John Toomey with great story on what happens to our cultures and our business success when we focus on how awesome people are rather than dehumanising them. Its very easy to fall into this trap (ie “they are just a contractor”?) . See also: The Dehumanisation of Safety, There is No Way I … [Read more...] about Who Are Your People?
The Mechanistic Worldview and the Dehumanization of Safety By Dr Rob Long There should be no great surprise to anyone regarding the number of trade offs we have made by accepting the mechanistic worldview of safety. The narrative in safety over recent history has shifted away from humanizing … [Read more...] about The Dehumanization of Safety