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A Culture of Swans and Elephants: An Integrated and Diverse Society

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

As part of the 2021 Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference, Dr Sarah Gordon shared the concept of Known Knowns and Known Unknowns - ie "empowering individuals to share what they feel is an elephant in the room".

Exploring the concept of "elephants in the room" with attendees to the UK’s largest virtual event dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing, safety, behaviour and culture of todays workforce allowed for fantastic feedback and stories of where this resonated with peoples own personal frames of reference.

The video shared can be found here and streamed for free. We hope the story of Swans and Elephants can be used in many organisations to help identify those unacknowledged risks.

Conference abstract.

How does embracing the perspectives and opinions of all of your stakeholders impact on your safety behaviour and culture? This short talk will explore how integrated risk management (including both potential opportunity and threat management) across the entirety of your organisation can help you to acknowledge your elephants (the risks we all know about but don’t talk about) and therefore reduce the number of surprises you face (black swans). A practical and case study-fuelled talk, this simple approach will help you to use a standard technique (risk management) to better listen to your organisation and therefore be more resilient in times of crisis.

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