Table of key entries by topic area

This week’s blogs: “Guess who?,” “Three design principles that matter for risk managers and policymakers–and the condition under which the Precautionary Principle doesn’t

–The Big Read:When Complex Is As Simple As It Gets: Draft Guide to New Policy Analysis and Management in the Anthropocene

Worth another look: “Market Contagion, Financial Crises and a Girardian Economics” (updated substantially)

(Use keyword search function to find others listed below)

Table of key entries

Most Important: “What am I missing?,” “‘What’s missing?’ in this catastrophic earthquake scenario,” “Complexity is the enemy of the intractable,” “Power,” “Interconnected?,” “I believe,” “Wicked problems as a categorized nostalgia,” “Even if what you say is true as far as it goes, it doesn’t go far enough…,” “Triangulating complexity for policy and management,” “Time as sinuous, space as interstitial: the example of total control,” “Overlap and difference between keeping it complex and keeping it simple,” ““Long-terms, short-terms, and short-termism in the Anthropocene,” “Information overload and cognitive under-comprehension are not the same,” “Playing it safe, utopia,” “Case-by-case analysis: realism, criteria, virtues,” “Not ‘Why don’t they listen to us?’ but rather: ‘What should we listen for from them. . .’,” “Humanism, by default,” “Mess and reliability: five propositions, one conclusion,” “Control, surpris’d,” “When good-enough is better: a summary,” “Heuristics as clues,” “Seven differences that matter for reliable policy and management,” “Proposed National Academy of Reliable Infrastructure Management (longer read),” “Begin, not end, with the radical agenda,” “Policy palimpsest: concept, examples, and the violence

Recasting big policy issues: “Poverty and war,” “It’s war or peace?,”“Second thoughts on income inequality,” “Unbracketing [Inequality],” “Surprising climate change,” “COVID-19,” “Missing racism,” “Healthcare,” “To-do’s in the Anthropocene, ” “The market failure economists don’t talk about: Recasting infrastructures and the economy,” “Culling sustainability,” “In a failed state,” “Revolts,” “How to act when the opposite of good is good intention,” “Wicked problems as a categorized nostalgia,” “Making the best of linear thinking, complexly: typologies for reframing ‘coordination’,” “Government regulation,” “Economic consequences of having no must-never-happen events in the financial sector,” “What to do when criticisms are spot-on, but the recommendations aren’t,” “Recasting Roosevelt’s New Deal,” “Recasting the policy narrative of labor-substituting technological change,” “Other alternatives,” “Apocalypse and tax havens,” “COP26 and intermittence,” “Ukraine right now,” and Longer Reads (below)

More recastings: “Policy narratives,” “America’s,” “Recastings #1,” “When the light at the end of the tunnel is the tunnel,” “Public Policy Analysis, c.1970 – c.2020: In Memoriam?,” “Sound familiar? Here’s why,” “Simple sentences? Not for public policy,” “Bluejays, fists and W.R. Bion,” “Policy as magical thinking,” “A different take on ‘traditional agriculture:’ risk-averse v. reliability-seeking,” “The good mess in supply and demand analysis,” “Escaping from Hell Is a Right!,” “Global Climate Sprawl,” “Disaster averted is central to pastoralist development,” “Narrative policy analysis, now and ahead,” “It’s war or peace?,” “It’s more top-down and outside-in than bottom-up or inside-out,” “An ecosystem at the intersection of two schools of infrastructure studies,” “Worth repeating I/II (from earlier blogs),” “Worth repeating II/II (from earlier blogs),” “What the Thai BL series, ‘Bad Buddy,’ has to tell us about societal reset,” “Sovereign territories,” “The mutability of intractable”

Not-knowing and its proxies: “Seeing unknowns,” “Inexperience and central banks,” “Managing inexperience,” “Difficulty at risk and unequal,” “By way of distraction…,” “Shakespeare’s missing lines still matter,” “Humanism, by default,” “Preknown, known, unknown,” “One kaleidoscope, many twists; same pieces, different configurations,” “On population increase,”“It’s war or peace?,” “Budgets and fingernails”

Ignorance and uncertainty: “When ignorance does more than you think,” “Optimal ignorance,” “Uncertain superlatives,” “To-do’s in the Anthropocene,” “Why aren’t they all running away!,” “Yes, ‘risk and uncertainty’ are socially constructed and historicized. Now what? The missing corollary and 3 examples,” “A real emergency: suicide for fear of death,” “What they don’t tell you in Safety Culture: when error is not a mistake,” “Triangulating complexity for policy and management,” “Mercator’s projection,” “Preknown, known, unknown,” “One kaleidoscope, many twists; same pieces, different configurations,” “It’s war or peace?,” “Prediction when complex is as simple as it gets”

Risk, resilience and root causes: “A new standard for societal risk acceptance,” “Easily-missed points on risks with respect to failure scenarios and their major implications,” “Risk criteria with respect to asset versus system scenarios,” “Half-way risk,” “Central role of the track record in risk analysis,” “Resilience isn’t what you think,” “Root causes,” “Frau Hitler, again,” “With respect to what?,” “Yes, ‘risk and uncertainty’ are socially constructed and historicized. Now what? The missing corollary and 3 examples,” “What they don’t tell you in Safety Culture: when error is not a mistake,” “Four macro-design principles that matter—and one that can’t—for risk managers and policymakers,” “Managing-ahead for latent risks and latent interconnectivity,” “Can’t we be best anticipatory and resilient at the same time?,” “Safety, like much in democracy and intelligence, is not a noun but an adverb,” “Seven differences that matter for reliable policy and management,” “One kaleidoscope, many twists; same pieces, different configurations,” “Changing risk and changing safety are different!,” “Existential threats,” “The chop-logic in risks, tradeoffs and priorities, with examples from emergency management (expanded)”

Regulation: “A few things I’ve learned from the Financial Times on regulation,” “Government regulation,” “Critical infrastructures regulate differently than government,” “An infrastructure’s regulator of record is in real-time recovery from setbacks, always,” “Regulation, deconstructed and reconstructed”

Infrastructures: “The real infrastructure crisis,” “Innovation,” “Take-home messages,” “Who pays?,” “When high reliability is not a trade-off,” “The market failure economists don’t talk about: Recasting infrastructures and the economy,” “When ignorance does more than you think,” “Catastrophized cascades,” “Healthcare,” “Interconnected,” “Critical infrastructures regulate differently than government,” “The weak link in highly reliable infrastructures,” “Where distrust and dread are positive social values,” “To-do’s in the Anthropocene,” “Government regulation,” A real emergency: suicide for fear of death,” “What they don’t tell you in Safety Culture: when error is not a mistake,” “Managing-ahead for latent risks and latent interconnectivity,” “Warnings of Big System Collapse you should be on the look-out for,” “Mercator’s projection,” “Impact-sheds are not managed systems, except when…,” “Changing risk and changing safety are different!,” “An ecosystem at the intersection of two schools of infrastructure studies,” “The chop-logic in risks, tradeoffs and priorities, with examples from emergency management (expanded)”

Environment: “New environmental narratives for these times (longer read, consolidated from following entries),” “Nature,” “Tansley’s ecosystem,” “Radical uncertainty and new environmental narratives,” “Eco-labelling recasted,” “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, Scenes I and II,” “To-do’s in the Anthropocene,” “Dining on gin and consommé,” “Culling sustainability,” “Lifecycle modeling of species,” “Better fastthinking in complex times,” Narrative policy analysis, now and ahead,”“What to do when criticisms are spot-on, but the recommendations aren’t,” “An ecosystem at the intersection of two schools of infrastructure studies, “What radical actions are missing in the climate emergency?,” “Environmental livestock-tarring”

Rural development: “Disaster averted is core to pastoralist development,” “Optimal ignorance,” “Culling sustainability,” “A different take on ‘traditional agriculture:’ risk-averse v. reliability-seeking,” “Misadventures by design,” “Triangulating complexity for policy and management,” “Next-ism”

Pastoralist development: “Pastoralists and Pastoralisms (longer read),” “Keeping up with pastoralists: A case for ‘Multiplatform pastoralism’ (longer read),” “Pastoralists as avant-garde,” “On population increase,” “Environmental livestock-tarring,” “What the Thai BL series, ‘Bad Buddy,’ has to tell us about societal reset,” “Pastoralisms as a global infrastructure,” “Another take on livestock pastoralists,” “Authoritative website for real-time decisionmaking with respect to pastoralists and pastoralisms”

Catastrophe and crisis: “Catastrophized cascades,” “Jorie Graham’s systemcide,” “The shame of it all,” “Next-ism,” “The future is the mess we’re in now,” A real emergency: suicide for fear of death,” “Escaping from Hell Is a Right!,” “Some good messes in their catastrophism,” “Warnings of Big System Collapse you should be on the look-out for,” “Apocalypse and tax havens,” “The chop-logic in risks, tradeoffs and priorities, with examples from emergency management (expanded),” “Catastrophe as unimaginably bad, or: predictably bad, less and more”

More mess, good and bad: “Mess and reliability: five propositions, one conclusion,” “A different take on the traffic mess,” “Happiness: The mess,” “Who pays?,” “Misadventures by design,” “. . .and raise my taxes!,” “Top-of-the-list thinking,” “Take-home messages,” “The good mess in supply and demand analysis,” “New Normal means managing not just negative but positive setbacks,” “Some good messes in their catastrophism,” “Can’t we be best anticipatory and resilient at the same time?,” “The good mess in no single, right reading and in the many (more or less) wrong ones,” “Predicting the future,” “Planning, with a difference”

Betterment and good-enough: “Betterment as ‘yes-but’ through ‘yes-and’,” “Betterment and the brothers, William and Henry James,” “Good-enoughs,” “Good-enough dreamers,” “Professional, amateur, apprentice; Or, As good as the fingernails of Manet,” “‘at sea,’ ‘from on high’,” “Betterment (continued),” “Better fastthinking in complex times,” “Humanism, by default,” “Good-enough criticism,” “When good-enough is better: a summary,” “What to do when policy articles keep ending where they should’ve started,” “Heuristics as clues,” “For the sake of betterment: Positive functions of social dread, blind-spots and complication,” “Reliably good enough?”

Policy palimpsests and composite arguments: “Take home messages,” “Blur, Gerhard Richter, and failed states,” “Time as sinuous, space as interstitial: the example of total control,” “More on policy palimpsests: The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, Scenes I and II,” “Shakespeare’s missing lines still matter,” “Bluejays, fists and W.R. Bion,” “Reflection and sensibility,” “Recasting the policy narrative of labor-substituting technological change,” “Policy palimpsest: concept, examples, and the violence,” “The mailbox illusion in public policy,” and other Longer Reads (below)

Economism: “Economism,” “Keep it simple?,” “Loose ends, #1” “When high reliability is not a trade-off,” “An eye-drop’s worth of realism,” “What dollars are actually saying,” “The market failure economists don’t talk about: Recasting infrastructures and the economy,” “The good mess in supply and demand analysis,” “Makes the gorge rise.” “Other alternatives,” “‘We are not social scientists!’,” “Bolted-on economics has to be blasted-off”

Methods (for analyzing narrative, risk, triangulation, others): “Triangulating complexity for policy and management,” “Making the best of linear thinking, complexly: typologies for reframing ‘coordination,’” “Policy narratives,”“A new standard for societal risk acceptance,” “Easily-missed points on risks with respect to failure scenarios and their major implications,” “Risk criteria with respect to asset versus system scenarios,” “Half-way risk,” “Eco-labelling recasted,” “The good mess in supply and demand analysis,” “An eye-drop’s worth of realism,” “The market failure economists don’t talk about: Recasting infrastructures and the economy,” “Market contagion, financial crises and a Girardian economics,” “New benchmark metrics for major risk and uncertainty,” “One ‘why’ and four ‘how’s’ to recasting complex policy and management problems,” “Narrative policy analysis, now and ahead,” “Long-terms, short-terms, and short-termism,” “Wicked problems as a categorized nostalgia,” “More on policy palimpsests: The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, Scenes I and II,” “On population increase,” “The policy analysis toolkit and complexity”

Longer Reads: “Ammons and regulation,” “The next Constitutional Convention,” “Recalibrating Politics: the Kennedy White House dinner for André Malraux,” “Blur, Gerhard Richter, and failed states,” “A consultant’s diary,” “A different take on The Great Confinement,” “Market contagion, financial crises and a Girardian economics,” “New environmental narratives for these times (consolidated from Environment entries),” “New benchmark metrics for major risk and uncertainty (consolidated from entries for Risk, resilience and root causes),” “One ‘why’ and four ‘how’s’ to recasting complex policy and management problems (consolidated from earlier entries),” “Pastoralists and. Pastoralisms,” “Proposed National Academy of Reliable Infrastructure Management,” “A guide to key concepts for policy analysis and public management in the Anthropocene”

Something less complex?: “Red in tooth and claw,” “What kdrama has taught me,” “Don’t you think?,” “The Florida Grapefruit Chair in Anti-Communist Economics @weCARE2.edu,” “Five questions everyone should want to answer,” “Distracted anti-utopians,” “Sallies out and sees,” “It’s really as if,” “Proof-positive that international irrationality is socially constructed. . .,” “‘Again and again, my “etc” has a limit.’,’ “Siding with the wall,Which of these old lists still makes sense?,” “Kids’ lit?,” “When the whole is less than the parts,” “A modest proposal to end refugee camps,” “If only the poor were digital currency. . .,” “Bringing the frame into the picture”

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