Wicked Problems

Safety shouldn’t be about safety, it should be about living and learning. When safety is made into some bureaucratic, legal or club exercise, it has lost the plot. This is why I prefer to talk much more about risk than I do about safety.… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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My favourite quote is in relation to racing drivers on normal roads and why they have more crashes and get more fines: “At their level of skill, driving like an average driver may be intolerably boring. Imagine being a master of Beethoven and all you are allowed to play is “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”! (Wilde, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Incommensurability and Discourse in Risk One of the most important concepts discussed by Feyerbend, Laktos, MacIntyre and Kuhn is that of incommensurability. Incommensurability refers to incongruence and misunderstanding between linguistic structures. What this means is that disciplines are limited in what can be understood outside of their own discipline. One’s language limits one’s understanding and one’s ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Pain of Reporting…article by Paul Nieuwoudt (first published here: http://leadership-observer.com/index.php/blog/where-is-safety-leadership-headed) – raises some interesting questions about our current approach to our safety management and incident reporting systems. More of Paul’s articles: Imperfections and Humble Enquiry – A Great Team Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe Another side to the story The Illusion Of Opposites ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Graduate - Confused by Career ChoicesIsn’t it Time We Reformed the WHS Curriculum? Dr Robert Long - Executive Director - Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk Executive Summary This paper argues the case for reformation of the WHS curriculum in Australia. It proposes that safety cannot be done ‘differently’ without such a reformation. The paper describes the nature of the overt curricula ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Dumber Ways To Promote Safety Metro Los Angeles have just released a collection of short videos aimed at improving safety around their rail network. They are being likened to the Victorian Metro’s “Dumb Ways to Die” campaign in the way they are using a combination of comedy and severity to get attention and change behaviour. See ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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What If I Valued People And Not Safety?

by Dave Whitefield
safety firstWhat If I Valued People And Not Safety? When organisations say that their number one priority is safety, it can have some unexpected outcomes. Setting, and stating, organisational priorities and values is a wicked problem to begin with. Nothing is neutral and everything has meaning, so when “safety” gets chosen as the poster child of priorities, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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HumanDymensions Newsletter–June 2016

by Dr Rob Long
HumanDymensions Newsletter–June 2016 Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk It is with pleasure we can announce the publication of book 5 in the series on the Social Psychology of Risk - Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk. The book is the result of three days of conversations between Rob Long, Greg Smith and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Let’s Get The Dirt On Root Cause Analysis

by Dave Collins
Let’s Get The Dirt On Root Cause Analysis It has been said that our seduction with the notion of root cause analysis has done more damage to safety and risk that anything else - there is likely never going to be a definitive root cause for anything - and how far back do we go - ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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How to Handle Safety System Paradoxes

by Dave Collins
Just found this hidden gem by Wade Needham here on LinkedIn How to Handle Safety System Paradoxes As you get promoted it's easier to take control, to control more of your world they said, well, ‘they’ were wrong. The easy answer to a complex or wicked problem is almost always wrong, if not lacking. I had a very ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Anthropocentric Safety

by Dr Rob Long
“the floggings shall continue until morale improves” It is simply delusional to think or espouse that people can be controlled or enforced into total compliance. A mechanical approach to safety, consumed by zero harm, absolutes and statistics is simply alienating, non-inspiring and de-motivational. If you are either smart enough or experienced enough to agree then you ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Social Psychology of Risk Event Exploration (Investigation) Knowledge

by Dave Collins
I can personally recommend  this program (no I don’t get a kickback!) to anyone wanting to undertake more effective investigations and who feels that there is something crucial missing with their current methods and tools – I PROMISE THAT THIS IS A COMPLETE EYE & MIND OPENER – I wrote about a small component of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Workshop – Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk

by Dr Rob Long
Workshop - Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk A new group started their journey in the Social Psychology of Risk studies in Sydney on 10-12 May at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross. Participants came from all over Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand and from a range of industries. The picture of the group was ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Lost money in safety?

by Dennis Millard
Lost money in safety? First published here on the The Safety Soapbox I read a 2010 article by Peter Wagner & Associates which was headed “Safety – A Wicked Problem”. Leading CEO’s discussed their views on OHS transformation in Australia, and came up with key insights on what they felt could change and develop better business safety. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Y is Being and Doing

by Dr Rob Long
Y is Being and Doing Parents of young children know about the ‘why cycle’. Kids around about 3 or 4 years of age learn the loop of why. Young kids discover that asking ‘Yes, but why?’ can go on forever. Yet, at the heart of this discovery is the passion for discovery itself. They really do ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Calculators, Matrices and Mumbo Jumbo Risk Assessment

by Dr Rob Long
Calculators, Matrices and Mumbo Jumbo Risk Assessment There is no more critical question the safety industry needs to ask than, ‘what is the trajectory?’ Or, ‘Where is this taking us?’ Unfortunately, the safety industry doesn’t ask this question, especially with regard to the social and psychological by-products of its goals and activities. Unfortunately, this form of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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