Ron Gannt shared this thought provoking article about thinking differently about accidents... Recommended reading!

The University of Sussex is currently rolling out a new version of the multicriteria mapping tool (MCM) as a university enterprise. You can see more detail on the website:

The aims behind MCM are to help researchers, policy makers and stakeholders to 'open up' risk decision making in ways that illuminate issues, uncertainties, options and perspectives that are often unduly obscured. As a research tool, MCM aims to put the participant 'in the driving seat' - and to give as much importance to eliciting qualitative reasons as to the quantitative data. The tool rigorously documents complexity and diversity and also aims to be clear and practical in highlighting concrete options for action. Although the challenges remain, MCM does offer a way to help allow greater scrutiny and critical understanding.

MCM is freely available to anyone for a period, and then as a web-based service for a subscription. It can also be downloaded and used on a laptop, to help run interviews or small group discussions in any setting. Revenues raised will be reinvested by Sussex University into further development of the tool and associated services. 




The past weeks have been spent studying Erik Hollnagel’s new book, “Safety-I and Safety-II: The Past and Future of Safety”. It will take a couple of months before a review is posted on this site, but let’s provide some literature anyway.

An earlier paper on the subject by Hollnagel is A Tale Of Two Safeties

An excellent intruduction to the subject is: From Safety-I to Safety-II: A White Paper

And while you’re at it, get also this one: Systems Thinking for Safety: Ten Principles. A White Paper (Moving towards Safety-II)

Steven Shorrock has done a great blog about the subject.

Another fine article is done by David van Valkenburg and has been published by Drilling Contractor. Looks like a good summary of some of the material.

Finally, none less than Sidney Dekker has a book review on Safety I & II found at the following link

Been invited to do a slightly philosophical presentation about risk assessment and risk perception at nest Tuesday's Human Factors Mastermind Seminar of the Psykologiforbundet. That's going to be a lot of fun. Looking forward to hear Bjarte K. Røed too!

Update: it was great, indeed. Uploaded my presentation to SlideShare. A little philosophical talk about various sides of risk (and is it actually risk, or something else...)


I had the pleasure of spending some time with Andrew Stirling last week (and listening to another inspiring presentation).

Here are some suggested videos of presentations by him:

STEPS Centre methods & methodologies (3 minutes)

Opening Up Scientific Incertitude: Some wider methodological and policy implications (43 minutes)

Third Berlin Forum of Innovation in Governance (43 minutes)

Exploring pathways to sustainability (17 minutes)

STEPS Centre - LCEDN (18 minutes)