Föredrag på Svemins årliga arbetsmiljökonferens

Härom dagen hade jag det stora nöjet att hålla ett föredrag på Svemins årliga arbetsmiljökonferens (https://www.svemin.se/aktuellt/nyhet/arbetsmiljoseminarium-2020/). Temat var säkerhet inom gruvindustrin och det var närmare 330 deltagare som bänkade sig i den stora salen i de bekväma röda stolarna. Oavsett om vi är under eller över jord så är många av mekanismerna för säkerhet desamma. Detta är också något jag berörde genom att prata med utgångspunkt i vad som hände på K2 2008, och vad man ska vara uppmärksam på för att det inte ska  hända i vanliga organisationer – och gruvor.

Speaking about extreme contexts and Sweden during WW2

I had the pleasure of being invited to talk with a group of elderly men interested in Sweden and the second world war. The topic of the conversation was extreme contexts, and what that may have meant to Swedes during WW2. We had a great 2,5 hours with a wide ranging conversation about routines, politics, labor camps, and WW2 in general.

Speaking at Aalto University

A week or two ago I had the pleasure of giving a talk at Aalto University, Finland. The talk was about routines in different extreme contexts. It was a very pleasurable event with great people, great comments, and great food! I am looking forward to whatever it may develop into.

Talk about The Algorithms that we live by: using case studies to understand artificial 

Yesterday I had the privilege to talk at the AI-days at Umeå university. The talk was based on conversations with Jonny Holmström and Informatics. In the preparation for the talk it struck me how important this topic is for extreme contexts too. We are all too familiar with the fact that AI is transforming society as we know it since it is sneaking into every aspect of our lives (even those that we do not realize). But, more importantly, for extreme contexts it is highly relevant because AI is the basis for i.e. weather predictions (when a black marker is not involved), influencing voters and creating an increased polarization in society – to name but two examples.

The point of the talk is that there is little new and exciting about AI. It has been around for ages. But, it is indeed influencing our behaviors and we need to understand how. To be able to do this we need to start where we always should start: Humans and human behavior. One way is to have more nitty-gritty detailed case studies (and context sensitive methodologies).

Presentation at IAE in Nice

I have the pleasure of spending a week at IEA by the invitation of Yvonne Giordano. In addition to exploring shared research interests and collaborations, I have given a talk on how I came to “explore the Extreme to understand the normal”. Trying to make sense of this was an interesting thought process, to say the least!

Presenting at Ecole de Navale and the Chair of Resilience and LeaderShip

Earlier this week I was invited by the Chair of Resilience and LeaderShip to give a presentation at Ecole de Navale in Brest. I talked about the research on Boredom on Mount Everest and how that is mitigated by organizational routines. The effect is a more cohesive and efficient team. It was a very interesting event with a mix of military, private/public organizations and scholars. Professor John Carroll of MIT also gave a talk about how to build resilient organizations out of a framework of organizational design, culture and politics. Other presenters included how French Special forces dealt with crisis situations and built their team cohesiveness. Interestingly, movie nights turned out to be universal between Sea to Summit.

Presenterade vid EGA-dagarna

Häromveckan hade jag det stora nöjet att hålla ett föredrag vid “EGA-dagarna”  för företaget EGA rörande “Riskhantering i Extrema miljöer”. Ett hundratal personer från främst byggindustrin deltog i det supertrevliga arrangemanget. De andra föreläsarna var väldigt intressanta och belyste mängder av aspekter kopplat till byggindustrin och dess säkerhet. Förhoppningsvis går det att spinna vidare på i någon form då det är en väldigt relevant fråga i en industrin som omsätter väldigt mycket pengar. En av aspekterna är intressant nog företeelsen att inte använda säkerhetsutrustning, vilket kan liknas vid sherpor på Everest som allt som oftast inte använder säkerhetslinor trots att det finns tillgängligt.

Speaking at Creative Summit 2018

Had the pleasure and honor to stand on the #Cresum18 scene the other day. The Creative summit is a “mixture of a conference, workshop, party and some very secret ingredients that we are not allowed to mention. We have been around since way back in 2007. Older than most of the ideas, innovations, technology and businesses that we usually share ideas around. It all takes place under the midnight sun in the north of Sweden.” (https://www.creativesummit.org) Together with a bunch of extremely interesting we talked about the future of work. While they had a positive tone to it, I could not avoid to nuance it slightly, suggesting that the current trend in society may foster more boredom, less engagement and more problems for any type of organization. And yes, it was indeed a good party too!

Speaking at event for Svenskt Projektforum

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