Ten Recommended Readings for Risk and Safety People

imageEditors note: Dr Long has now made 4 of his best sellers available as a free download here: https://safetyrisk.net/free-safety-ebooks/

The best way to expand your knowledge on risk and safety is to ensure you read more books without the word ‘safety’ in the title and more books about persons, learning and human intelligence. The preoccupation of the safety industry with itself is one of its greatest challenges. Insular fortress thinking is not what the industry needs. The beginning of a transdisciplinary and mature approach to risk is learning to read outside the box.

In our CLLR Reading, Writing and Leadership groups we have explored a number of books this year and this is accelerating as we spend more time at home. (I am also doing free online group lectures on key SPoR issues). I will be soon offering the Introduction Module to SPoR free and online.

If you want to learn more about people, decision making, learning and personhood you might like to try one of these recommendations from books I have read and re-read in the last few months. (the number of stars indicates level of academic difficulty):

  1. Amsterdam, A., and Bruner, J., (2002) Minding the Law, How courts rely on storytelling, and how their stories change the way we understand the law and ourselves. Harvard University Press. London. *****
  2. Belenky, M., et.al., (1997) Women’s Ways of Knowing, The Development of Self, Voice and Mind. Basic Books. New York. *
  3. Claxton, G., (2015) Intelligence in the Flesh. Yale University Press. New Haven. *
  4. Hoffman, D., (2000) Visual Intelligence, How we create what we see. Nortons, New York. *
  5. Houk, J., (2017) The Illusion of Certainty, How the Flawed Beliefs of Religion Harm our Culture. Promethius Books, New York. **
  6. Kang, L., and Pedersen, N., (2017) Quackery, A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything. Workman Publishing, New York. *
  7. Lotman, Y., (1990) Universe of the Mind, A Semiotic Theory of Culture. Indiana University Press. Bloomington. *** (free download here: https://monoskop.org/images/5/5e/Lotman_Yuri_M_Universe_of_the_Mind_A_Semiotic_Theory_of_Culture_1990.pdf)
  8. Murphy, K., (2020) You’re Not Listening, What’s Missing and Why it Matters. Harvill. London. *
  9. Serres, M., (2016) The Five Senses, A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies. Bloomsbury. London. *****
  10. Van der Kolk, B., (2015) The Body Keeps the Score, Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Penguin, New York. *
Dr Rob Long

Dr Rob Long

Expert in Social Psychology, Principal & Trainer at Human Dymensions
Dr Rob Long
PhD., MEd., MOH., BEd., BTh., Dip T., Dip Min., Cert IV TAA, MRMIA Rob is the founder of Human Dymensions and has extensive experience, qualifications and expertise across a range of sectors including government, education, corporate, industry and community sectors over 30 years. Rob has worked at all levels of the education and training sector including serving on various post graduate executive, post graduate supervision, post graduate course design and implementation programs.

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