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|Title: ||Drift into Failure|
|Authors: ||Dekker, Sidney|
Adelaide Festival Corporation
|Keywords: ||Systems and processes|
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||Radio Adelaide|
|Series/Report no.: ||Adelaide Festival of Ideas : Planning for Uncertainty ; 7th-9th October 2011.|
|Abstract: ||Adelaide Festival of Ideas session, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, 1:00pm, Saturday 8th October, 2011.|
Our technologies have got ahead of our theories. The growth of complexity in society has outpaced our understanding of how complex systems work and fail. While pursuing success in a dynamic environment, with goal conflicts and limited resources, many small decisions can eventually produce massive breakdowns — the GFC, Montara. We drifted into failure. Yet afterwards we hunt for broken parts, fixable properties, and responsible people. Our analyses of complex system breakdowns remain depressingly linear, depressingly componential — imprisoned by Newton and Descartes. Sidney Dekker thinks we can use complexity theory to better understand how our systems fail, and perhaps find new ways of managing their drift.
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