Visar inlägg från november, 2011

"Från spexare till forskare": Presentation at the 25 year anniversary of the Fire Protection Engineering Program

Today I have been asked to give a short lecture at the 25 year anniversary of the Fire Protection Engineering Program, a program that I have once attended as a student, a program that is run at the department where I am employed as a PhD Candidate to do research and teach.

My topic, "Från spexare till forskare" can be translated into: "From actor in crazy student musicals to researcher". As a student I was heavily engaged in the Lund-ian traditional culture of setting up humorist musicals on historical themes. This gave me friends for life (and that is where I met my wife!), and was a great complement to my studies at the faculty of engineering.

Now, in today's talk I do not elaborate much on the engagement in student musical groups, but rather on the role of being researcher at the department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, a department that has had a really positive development over its 25 years of existence. Today the department host 5 educat…

Swedish radio about power relations and team training in health care

Today the Swedish radio show "Kropp och själ" (Body and soul) broadcasted a program about power relations, hierarchies, team training, and bullying in the Swedish health care system. Guests were Eric Carlström who has done research on roles and relationships in health care, and Petter Westfeldt who works part-time at the medical simulation-centre in Stockholm. I met Petter a couple of years ago and also did some activities together with him related to team training and I think that he did well in explaining the main challenges and possibilities.

I have never met (so I think at least) Eric Carlström, but I think he was great in the program! I will definitely have to read up on his work. He really nailed some of the main problems that we have seen when working with health care safety.

Well, I will not extend this to some review of the show. Instead I encourage you to take the time to listen to it. Here you go:

Interacting with the "real" world

If there is anything I like the most about my work as a PhD Candidate (except for getting payed to problematize) it is the various opportunities I get to engage in discussions and interactions with people from the "real" worlds. My lecturing activities, in which I get to talk to audiences as diverse as safety representatives of explosive industries to junior medical doctors, are huge learning opportunities for me (hopefully also for them).

It is easy to call the university domain a protected workshop for insiders who develop their own language, models, theories, and "families". Again, having the opportunity to incorporate problematization in my work description is great (and I often joke about how the reality is getting more and more frightening every day): but it would be awful without the interaction with all people doing "real" work. Also, that the quality of the research conducted correlates with the interaction with the naturalistic worlds (in my ca…

Another (Swedish) presentation: Aspects of Patient Safety

Dear readers, I am about to give another presentation so of course I am sharing it with you. Feels like posting presentations is the only thing I do at the moment (well, I make them and I give them as well). However this is a rather big one and I will give it four times before the end of the year. Tomorrow will be the first one and the audience will be a rather decent number of junior doctors from the Sörmland-area (where I was born and raised!) in Sweden. The three following occasions will all be held in Lund. I'll give you the presentation, followed by some comments below.

The rhetoric outline of the presentation is (as you know if you have walked through others) a favorite: outlining different perspectives and follow their scientific roots and how they apply to the "real" (whatever that is) world. Of course one view will be presented as old and dirty and the other as new, inspiring and making a lot of sense :) The old and dirty view of patient safety is the (left) on…

The development of complexity theory

Today I have the opportunity to hold a lecture (in Swedish) on the topic: The development of complexity theory at the event "Ledningsdagen" in southern Sweden. It is a challenge trying to compress the fundamental ideas of complexity theory to fit a 90 minutes lecture. What I have done is to build the presentation as a time-line to explain complexity theory as a reaction to the mechanistic thinking of the enlightenment (applied in the organizational theory of the machine metaphor). Introducing the audience to chaos theory, quantum mechanics, general systems theory, cybernetics and postmodern philosophy (as a 10 minutes introduction... wish me luck!) we move on further to the emergence of complexity theory. To explain complexity theory I use the central concepts of the movement as outlined by Paul Cilliers (R.I.P). 

So after this introduction to complexity theory by placing it in a historical context, I will initiate a discussion about the application of complexity theory in c…