I'm new to this Discussion list and am interested in what people think about SF practice being used by government to achieve their policy goals.
I work with the occupational health and safety government regulator in NSW Australia.
At the moment we focus on what went wrong when an accident happens. Business fix the problems we identify and then we leave them alone. The trouble is, we are never sure that we've changed their behaviour in the long term.
I have a suspicion that if we focused firstly, on the 364 days when no accident happened and what they did well on those days they would be able to identify themselves, how they could have stopped the accident on the 365th day. I guess that this would also give them the skills and confidence that they can keep their workplace safe in the long term.
I wonder about how this solution talk might work in practice. Business are scared of us and don't trust us not to punish them unfairly. Our inspectors deal with lots of angry people and generally think business are not interested in safety and only interested in making money.
Does anyone have any clues about how SF practice might work in this context?