Risk and Safety as a Wicked Problem

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 tackling risk and safety at work. The recommendations in the Executive Summary alone provide critical directions should anyone in the safety …

Ten Ways to Improve Safety

Whenever the question arises about improving the safety industry it is amazing to see what is invisibly declared off limits. Lets have safety improvement as long as no sacred rites or safety lores are questioned. Lets tinker about the edges, change the brand of cosmetics and fixate on stasis. So as a contribution to the …

A Poetic Worldview

Someone asked me the other day what was the opposite of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). An interesting question because it begs a binary answer. One might think the opposite of STEM is the Arts and Humanities but I don’t think that really captures the difference enough. When ones worldview is shaped by yearning …

The Social Psychology of Risk Handbook, i-thou

Book Eight in the Series on Risk The Social Psychology of Risk Handbook, i-thou The Social Psychology of Risk Handbook, i-thou is now published and on sale HERE  At long last there is a complete map of studies in this unique approach to understanding risk. There is no other place globally to study this approach …

Love Doesn’t Set Targets

  One of the delusions of the STEM-only mindset is that everything must have a target, measurable goal or quantifiable number. It is the attraction of simple binary opposition (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_opposition) that gets seduced by this language and ideology. The silly question ‘how many deaths do you want today?’ is rarely called out as a silly …