Zero Discourse and Perfectionism

Zero Discourse and Perfectionism Talking perfection to fallible people is not just silly, it is also dangerous (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180219-toxic-perfectionism-is-on-the-rise). How strange that an industry so fixated on saving lives would unknowingly want to harm people! Yet, this is what the industry of safety does. The publishing of injury league tables is also not only silly, but …

Bulletproof and Perfect in Safety

Bulletproof and Perfect in Safety One of the messages of Christmas in the Western world is that of vulnerability. The story of Christmas and the many things that contradict the narratives of kingship, power, dominion and certainty make the story of a human baby in a feedbox at the back of a pub so interesting. …

What Can Safety Learn from Barbie

What Can Safety Learn from Barbie We learn today that after many years Barbie is getting a ‘make over’. The iconic doll of the ‘perfect’ female form is about to become ordinary, diverse and not perfect. This is the end of a 56 year tradition that has had more harmful by-products than any other social …

I’m Still Not That Into Safety

A sequel to: I’m just not that into safety anymore Our most popular article this year! Why do you think that is? Rob's courage and honesty has certainly touched some nerves! I’m just not that into safety anymore I have spoken with a number of Managers over the past few months who have argued with …

In Praise of In-Between Thinking in Risk and Safety

In Praise of In-Between Thinking in Risk and Safety As much as Kahneman’s book Thinking Fast and Slow is helpful, it also sustains the idea that the human mind operates in a binary paradigm. As much as Ariely’s book Logically Irrational helps people understand the nature of human decision making, it conveys the idea that …