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Webinar: A conversation about Risk & Resilience, with Dave Snowden & Robert Koch

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A conversation about Risk & Resilience

with Dave Snowden & Robert Koch

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 12 pm (London) – one hour

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Over the years, Dave has often written and spoken about Risk and Resilience – contrasting robust and resilient systems.

Last year’s Tasmania Retreat focused on designing for resilience:

Robust systems can be designed in terms of end goals, resilient systems have to be designed in terms of what we don’t want to happen (a negative motivation but a strong one) as well as a direction of travel that minimises the risk of catastrophic failure, but is designed to induce early failure from which we can learn.”

Thinking about risk and resilience in terms of constraints and scaffolds, and how we design resilient systems that can withstand perturbations without a loss of identity coherence seem more pertinent today than ever.

We find that useful insights emerge from the interface of theory and practice, so for this Webinar we have invited Robert Koch, who heads up Enterprise Resilience in Eskom, a large vertically integrated power utility in South Africa to engage in conversation with Dave. Anyone following the news in South Africa will know that Eskom is facing unique challenges with strong emphasis on the need for enterprise resilience. Join us as Dave and Robert explore real-world challenges through the lens of complexity and resilience theory.



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Robert Koch heads up Enterprise Resilience in Eskom, a large vertically integrated power utility. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and extensive experience in crisis management, disaster management, and business continuity management. He has a deep interest in complexity and narrative-based sensemaking, and how leaders apply this in practice. Robert is a regular speaker on risk & resilience and recipient of several awards related to engineering, risk and resilience.

Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief  Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science-based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. His paper with  Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge management. During his tenure at IBM, he was selected as one of the six on-demand thinkers for w worldwide advertising campaign His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial  Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants. He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter-terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/ employee insight, narrative-based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.



You may find these blog posts from Dave interesting for some pre-reading on risk and resilience.




March 6


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm