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Every year we choose a theme to help shape our professional development activities. These themes determined the structure, content, and special speakers for our Fall Staff Retreat and periodic extended staff meetings. One year we focused on Creativity, and last year we talked about Teamwork. This year we’ve focused on Risk-taking. A few months ago, Jim invited Ray Lykins to come and share his experiences as a Hollywood stuntman. Ray has 35 years of experience, including work on some blockbusters. Amidst his many humorous stories were the following words of advice for handling risk:
A few weeks later, we heard from another speaker: Rodney Mullen, the world renowned "Godfather of Street Skateboarding." From his unique wealth of experience, Rodney was able to communicate his approach and process to the daring sport of skateboarding. Through stories and videos he shared these thoughts about assessing and managing risks: Risk Assessment is a two-stage process:
After assessment, risk management includes the following:
When you think about it, these insights from a Hollywood stuntman and a world-class skateboarder translate pretty well into the humanitarian context, when talking about managing risk and preparing for it. They helped us to understand the challenges we face when traveling to dangerous, high-stress locations. Their experiences also reinforced our ideas on how to help the aid workers we serve prepare and manage the risks they face in their work.
As I’ve listened to these presentations, I’m learning that risk-taking has a lot more to it than just the impulse to do something potentially dangerous. It takes thought, discipline, resourcefulness, and creativity.
Tomorrow we’ve invited Chheng Ear, a licensed clinical social worker who fled Cambodia with her family during the Pol Pot era and began a new life here in the US. I know her journey and reflections will speak to another layer of what it means to take risks. Stay tuned!
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