DAY 2 OF THE RISK & RESILIENCE ONLINE EVENT
This year, thanks to Covid-19, the Risk & Resilience Festival is going online. But how are we going to manage the effects of the virus on safety, and what can we learn from what has happened – not only to manage safety implications, but also to make sure we are prepared for any future events?
As safety experts in both the private and public sector, we were struck by the apparent disruptive effect of the coronavirus on normal Dutch decision-making processes at both a strategic (political) and a tactical (safety regions/municipal) level. Dutch politics and governance can be characterised by an effort to achieve broad consensus on important issues, an approach often referred to as the ‘polder model’. The crisis at hand, however, seems to render this model counterproductive. Or does it? We have invited speakers to reflect on decision-making, its possibilities and its shortfalls mid-crisis. But simply thinking about decision-making won’t get you out of a crisis. You have to set and reset goals on the fly, something that the Safety Regions and the Ministry of Defence learned years ago – often the hard way.
Five speakers will reflect on the following propositions from their own perspective:
1. The Dutch culture of creating consensus and support is not suitable for crisis management.
2. The "Commander's Intent" (what is the goal) of this government is insufficiently clear to the executive security regions. This results in differences in implementation (the how) due to differences in interpretation and lack of clarity about what can and cannot be done and differences between regions.
3. The result of the measures depends on following the rules. How to achieve the best result? By conviction or enforcement, and to what extent is that possible?
Session 1 Risk management around Covid-19 from a strategic perspective
By Prof. Dr. René Torenvlied (Professor of Public Management at UT)
Dr. Peter Bos (General Director-Secretary of the Utrecht Security Region and Professor of Crisis Management and National Security NLDA)
Session 2 Risk management around Covid-19 from a tactical perspective
Dr. Ron de Wit (Commander of the Fire Brigade and Operational Leader of the Twente Safety Region)
Mr. Ard van der Steur (Chair Nederlandse Veiligheidsbranche)
Kevin Wolters (Operational Leader National Operational Team Corona)
That is why we have invited speakers to enlighten us on how to formulate ‘mission/commanders intent’ and how to learn while doing, as well as to discuss lessons identified and lessons learned during the crisis. We believe this approach will appeal to people with both an academic and an operational interest in managing risk and safety, and we hope to see you on 4 November from 16:00 to 18:00.