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⚽️ Five Aside Soccer Edition ⚽️
Welcome back to the Human Risk Newsletter filled with more lovingly-curated Behavioural Science  (BeSci) inspired content, that explores human decision-making as a risk.
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In this edition
 
1. Human Risk in action with yet another false alarm - this time at a Canadian nuclear facility;
 
2. A 5-aside soccer manager takes his role a little too seriously in a terrible BeSci Intervention that arguably increases, rather than decreases, Human Risk;

3. Research into what drives people to do the wrong thing is Something that made me think; and


4. An Oscar-nominated movie is my Something for the weekend recommendation.
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Human Risk Newsletter : 5-Aside Soccer Edition

Human Risk in action

Another newsletter, another false alarm. This time at a Canadian nuclear facility. 
In a fortnight when Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down a passenger plane, and the Boeing story I previously covered, took on a whole new dynamic, there was fierce competition for the headline story in this section.

However, an email from newsletter subscriber Christina Liscio grabbed my attention. She was one of over 14 million people in the Ontario region (🇨🇦) who received the following text at 7 am last Sunday. The unwelcome wake-up was sent to people within a 120km radius, not just the 1okm mentioned:
As Christina explained to me, media outlets contacted the Police & Fire Departments whose response was: “We haven’t been contacted”. Only after the Fire Chief contacted the company that operates the Pickering plant, did they decide to admit that the alert was sent by mistake. 

Parking the fact that this was a false alarm, it's worth asking what the purpose the message wording was intended to achieve. Something headlined "Emergency Alert" which tells people to do nothing, isn't very helpful and is likely to engender panic. The perfect example of not thinking about things from the perspective of the target audience. 

Arguably it would allow the authorities to say they kept people informed. But at what cost? It would probably be smarter not to have emergency messages that serve no useful purpose, beyond causing widespread concern. 


For more on this unfolding story, I recommend this article. 

My thanks to Christina for making me aware of it!
Other noteworthy contenders for this section:
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A BeSci Intervention

A 5-aside soccer team manager takes his role a little too seriously and, in doing so, shows us clearly how not to manage Human Risk.
Last week, I came across this Twitter thread in which a gentleman called Martin, shares the club guide he received after enquiring about joining a 5-aside soccer team:
As Martin explains, there were early warnings that things were about to get silly:
Proving that 40 years of experience doesn't necessarily bring expertise, is this introductory paragraph:
This is just the tip of the iceberg:
I can't do this thread justice in the space I have available, so highly recommend you read it in its entirety. You'll learn that "Excessive and Foul Language" is entirely permissible when it's the team Captain using it, but not when it's other team members. 🤷🏻And how betting on games you're playing in, is actively encouraged, regardless of what the law says.

Read it for the highly entertaining commentary and enjoy the masterclass in how not to manage Human Risk. 
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Something that made me think

Research into the actual drivers of wrongdoing, suggests that traditional approaches don't address its root cause. people to do the wrong thing, suggests that traditional
New research by Professor Yuval Feldman and colleagues, entitled Corporate Law for Good People, argues that traditional approaches don't address the root causes of corporate wrongdoing.

That's because we often mistakenly presume that wrongdoing is "committed exclusively by calculative self-interest maximizers, who wish to enrich themselves at the expense of the shareholders". In reality, it is "often well-meaning, other-regarding individuals", who are led astray.

In other words, we're not merely dealing with devils and angels!

If we misunderstand why people do the things we don't want them to, then we're unlikely to develop solutions that solve the problems we're facing.

To find out more read the paper here .

If Yuval's name seems familiar, then it's because he was the first guest on the Human Risk podcast where we discussed his book The Law Of Good People
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Something for the weekend

An Oscar-nominated movie provides plenty of Human Risk lessons.
My recommendation this time is a Korean movie called Parasite that has six Oscar nominations including the one for Best Movie. Here's the trailer for a movie that is jam-packed with Human Risk dynamics:
Like the trailer, I can't reveal too much about the plot without spoiling it, but rest assured it's well worth watching.

Althoug
h it was released in many countries last year, you might well have missed it the first time around. It's also not due out in some countries (eg. 🇬🇧, 🇮🇪) for a few weeks. 

Speaking of The Oscars, do take this opportunity to revisit the 2017 ceremony that provided one of my favourite ever Human Risk In Action stories.
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Incase you missed it...

BeSci PhD student Merle van Der Acker has been doing a series of interviews with BeSci gurus (and me!) about what the future of the discipline holds. Read what I had to say here and then explore Merle's summary of what the future holds for BeSci here
Fresh from the recording studio is another episode of the Human Risk podcast.  

Episode Ten features Kelly Paxton, a specialist in Pink Collar Crime. Discover what that is, why it matters and, most importantly, what we can do to help mitigate it.
Finally, Jono Hey who produces the wonderful Sketchplanations that I've featured before, was listening to a recent edition of the Human Risk podcast featuring Dr Roger Miles.

In it, Roger referred to The Boaty McBoatface Effect, which Jono captured like this:
You can learn more about Boaty McBoatface, by reading this.

Thanks as ever for subscribing!

Christian

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