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Framing Risk as a Social Field (AIHce EXP 2020 OnDemand)

Course Description:
Recorded at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020

The proliferation of risk-related governance structures, standards (e.g., ISO 45001) and frameworks (e.g., COSO's ERM), and their complexity can be daunting to practicing IH/OHS/EHS professionals. Based a long history in the physical and social sciences, behavior of objects under study is explained not by their internal attributes but by their location in some physical or socially defined space. A relatively new iteration is called generative social fields (GSF). Considering risk-related phenomena (e.g., risk appetite, transfer, and management) as a social field offers access to the navigation of risk's increasing institutionalization (ERM ISO) with greater efficiency and sanity. This session will provide: a) theoretical underpinnings of the field approach; b) an overview of common risk standards and frameworks; and c) practices to support field-based actions. The GSF distinction interiority is key in shifting from engaging with risk as a system or process (outside in), to engaging with it as a social field (inside out). GSF studies report: 1) improved well-being of the larger system; 2) increased collective creativity; and 3) increased collaboration across organizational boundaries.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the multidimensional nature of the risk field.
  • Identify how the framing of risk as a field provides access to greater collaboration.
  • Utilize communication skills that will help their risk management efforts.
  • Leverage actionable insights on how to improve their IH/OHS/EHS programs and systems.
  • Recognize the difference between a system/process and a field.
  • Define the power of embodying the distinction interiority and ways to start using it.

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Charles Redinger, PhD, MPA, CIH
Redinger 360, Inc.
Harvard, MA
United States of America