Monday, May 9, 2016

Management by Disaster

CBC News this morning has a story about policy, written by Don Pittis, that describes how changes in approach often follow disasters such as the Fort McMurray fire. It recounts the recent history of management by failure on a grand scale — management by disaster, if you will. The key point: “It's harder to convince people to prepare for a disaster that hasn't happened.”

To put this conversation in perspective, consider this view from the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, where a fire of this kind is, if anything, more likely than in Canada, and the challenge of persuading anyone to be ready: