The Nature of Hypercomplex Crisis

If traditional crisis management modelling saw crises as little more than large-scale incidents, limited in terms of their geographical spread and leaving the rest of the operating environment relatively unscathed, the nature of today’s threats are in nitely more complex, with cascading consequences that are literally incalculable.  The hyper-complex scenarios examined by Patrick Lagadec reflect […]

Instruction to innovation: Incident Command

The nature of crises has changed radically in recent years. Rather than being ‘major incidents ‘ or ‘routine emergencies’, they are now characterised by hypercomplexity and the catastrophic impact of their consequences. The centralised command systems that have traditionally been considered the bedrock of crisis response programmes are repeatedly failing to stand up to these […]

The Grenfell Tower tragedy: A brief review

The Grenfell Tower fi re has been described as an event unparalleled in modern London’s history in the scope and scale of its impact, says David Rubens. And it is an indication of the fragility of the crisis management frameworks upon which we so heavily rely. Grenfell Tower was exactly the sort of complex, high-impact, […]

The Topology of Crises

The attempt to transfer a mechanistic, process-driven production line system design to the field of crisis planning and management has the seeds of failure built into its DNA, according to David Rubens. The generic use of the phrases ‘crisis’ and ‘crisis management’ in literature covers a wide range of scenarios, though often with little clear […]

Counter Terrorism – It starts from basic principles

The single most significant challenge for the modern security manager is to take the accepted risk and security management models that they have learned over the course of their career, and to adapt them to the new generation of emerging threats that we are all facing. If recent events have taught us anything, it is […]