"There’s little that the left and the right agree on these days. But
surely one thing is beyond question: that national governments must
protect citizens from the gravest threats and risks they face. Although
our government, wherever we are in the world, may not be able to save
everyone from a pandemic or protect people and infrastructure from a
devastating cyberattack, surely they have thought through these risks in
advance and have well-funded, adequately practiced plans?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is an emphatic no.
Not all policy areas are subject to this challenge. National defence
establishments, for example, often have the frameworks and processes
that facilitate policy decisions for extreme risks. But more often than
not, and on more issues than not, governments fail to imagine how
worst-case scenarios can come about – much less plan for them.
Governments have never been able to divert significant attention from
the here and happening to the future and uncertain."
This is one of the biggest issues that we all face today. Poor risk
management and lack of planning for rare but devastating events.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics