Two new youtube clips and a new blog to check out

Dear readers, I wanted to point you in the direction of two recently published youtube clips featuring Sidney Dekker.

In the first clip Sidney introduces us to the theme of his book from 2011: Drift into failure, where he takes the reader through different ideas of accident causality and argues for a contemporary view in which Complexity Theory is used in order to show how safety critical systems are optimised "at the edge of chaos" where the same mechanisms of performance variability are vital for success, but also important contributors of failure. The argument is that in order to expand our understanding of safety, risk and accidents we must no longer go and search for the broken parts of the system, but look for success mechanisms, interactions and relations between actors. The main idea is not new. That the same organisational mechanisms that make us successful also push us towards safety boundaries have been introduced from the 1980's by theorists such as Turner, Rasmussen, Vaughan, Snook, and more recently in terms of "resilience engineering" by researchers such as Hollnagel, Leveson and Woods. The innovative part of Sidney's book is rather to show how to use Complexity Theory to establish a theoretical framework and language to 'think with' in making this argument. Well, I'll give you the film in which Sidney outlines the ideas:

The second film is a bit of a teaser; a teaser for Sidney's upcoming book Second Victim: Error, Guilt, Trauma and Resilience, in which Sidney outlines how to respond to organisational accidents and trauma as a community, rather than responding by finding its villains. Sidney argues that an organisation's treatment of its "second victims" (the staff directly involved in a situation with bad outcomes) is a good mirror for the organisation's maturity in terms of its systematic efforts to work with safety-related issues. Again, I'll give you the film.

A third online source that I would like to point you towards is a new blog: Safety Differently, which was published just the other day. The man behind the blog is a terribly smart Swede called Daniel Hummerdal, a former student of Sidney Dekker as well as Erik Hollnagel, who now lives in Brisbane and works as a safety expert in the Australian natural resource industry. He fights the fight to implement contemporary views on safety (like the ones represented in the clips above) and has now also created a blog with his safety reflections. Please check it out through this link, and read and comment.

Those are my three tips of recent safety web sources for today.


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