In many ways humans see what they want to see, there is no such thing as objective perception. The modern study of the Psychology of Perception really started with the work of Bruner, Postman and Goodman in the 1940s (https://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Bruner/Cards/). Bruner and Postman showed through … [Read more...] about Foundations of Perception and Imagination in Risk
"On a day like today, when there are very little clouds in the sky, and the grass is long, don't you think it would be a great day for some handstands in that long, long grass? Well, Jimmy did." (Toby CVB, 9 years old) Children don't lose sight of the ability to imagine possibilities. This … [Read more...] about What in the (Risk & Safety) World is Imagination?
There is little discussion in the safety industry about Imagination or Wisdom. This is because the paradigms of rationalism and behaviourism that characterize the industry ‘belittle’ the activity and significance of Wisdom and Imagination. It is understandable that Safety should dismiss even fear … [Read more...] about The Imagination and Perception in Risk
Imagination is the bedrock of any risk assessment yet the risk industry is so silent about it. When it comes to risk assessment it’s not likely that the things we already know are going to hurt anyone. It is always the unseen risks, the things that we can’t imagine that tend to hurt people. Indeed, … [Read more...] about There is Nothing more Imaginative We can Do in Safety
Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety One of the best ways of learning safety is through scenarios. Scenarios are constructed to either replicate real situations to maximize perception of recognizable cues or, to enhance the imagination of possibilities. One of the greatest capabilities a safety … [Read more...] about Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety
Which is the better place to learn Ok, so which of the playgrounds below is more likely to entice kids away from their computer games and definitely more likely to encourage imagination, social interaction and risk appreciation?. Which kids will better prepared and safer when they find themselves … [Read more...] about Which is the better place to learn
Imagination? We’ll Soon Knock that Nonsense Out of You A safety friend of mind Ted rang the other day, he had just gone through the circus and charade of an OFSC Audit and 4801 Audit. He said, ‘ah, now we are safe’, I said, ‘no your not, you are probably less safe’. (I’ll get back to this point … [Read more...] about Imagination and Safety