Learning from extreme contexts
They say that experience is the best teacher. This is however a luxury that not every organisation and its people can afford because the consequences of learning from the experiences are simply too high. Take for example a nuclear power plant, one do not want its operators to play around with the controls in a trial and error manner and learn from their experiences. Instead one wants them to know exactly what they do in order to avoid melt downs as a worst case scenario, and nuclear fallout as a minor consequence.
Whereas these organisations and people are exposed to risk on a regular basis their survival is also a testament to their ability to remain resilient and able to cope with unexpected events despite limited experiences of such.
From my research with people involved in extreme contexts their jobs and experiences is about living life to its fullest, keeping people safe, or providing a central service to society. In this podcast, and on this website I will explore what they have learned in their line of work and what they can teach us when operating in other more “traditional” organisations. Doing this I will initially explore context by context, and then start to tie the proverbial sack together – interjected by academic and practitioner reflections.
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