Å.R.E. (3)

A few notes on context analysis and Design thinking from the final day of Åre Risk Event.

An approach for context analysis in managing risk:
Your objectives?
The "local" history?
Your position in place/time?
The views of those around you?

Crisis Management (or Risk Mgmt?) as a Design activity.
In a fluent/ambiguous situation, Design thinking can bridge the gap between predefined templates for action (the rule-book) and an open, emergent approach. Reshaping concepts as we go: Could we judge water quality in terms of 'safe' when 'clean' has become unrealistic?


Å.R.E. (2)

My impressions from day 2 of Åre Risk Event.

Environmental regulations based on hazard classification as opposed to risk-based (considering dose, exposure) are irrational.

Before a crisis, build trust through 'soft' factors. Watch out for excessive trust e.g. groupthink.

Meet a crisis with flexible, loosely coupled, emergent mgmt structures. Bureaucracy is not the answer!

People have a potential to self-organize.

A common information architecture for gov't agencies will not happen on a voluntary basis.



Day 1 of this year's Åre Risk Event. My personal key take-aways.

Accidents will happen. Social science holds the answer.
Making cities resilient. Disasters are not 'natural'.
Build back better. Guidelines for reconstruction.
Revisit Maslow in the face of existential risk. Courageous individuals with visions.
Bring educators, practitioners and researchers together.

Local readiness, national platforms, UN directives.

Lots of activity in the public sector. How do we define and measure effectiveness?


mind those bookmarks

So, how does one maintain a Delicious bookmarks collection?

I'm pretty sure it will involve more than just creating additional bookmarks and hoping the old links still work...

A few years old and at 144 links it's no longer rudimentary enough to ignore. Apparently, I've managed to use well over a hundred tags, a ridiculously detailed level. This in itself would justify a mild make-over.

And no, free-text web searching would not do the trick. I find my bookmarks useful. Your mileage may vary.


do you accept?

The easiest way to treat a risk is not to.

Risk acceptance is perfectly reasonable in many cases where it would be too expensive or even impossible to mitigate a risk. Exposing a system to the Internet carries substantial risk and yet we do so because that's where potential customers are.

Who has the authority to accept risk? It's down to policy, ownership of systems and ultimately management structures.

Risk acceptance should be a conscious, documented decision and not just lack of action.