Pushing the frontiers of risk assessment
On 26 May, the Select Committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Planning will hear from two panels of witnesses. First, the National Preparedness Commission on the position of the UK’s resilience and its vulnerability to future risk, followed by speculative Fiction Writers on imagining unprecedented and unforeseen risks.
Possible questions include:
- Are there risks which the UK is particularly vulnerable to and what is your assessment of the reasons for these vulnerabilities?
- What is your assessment of the UK’s current approach to risk assessment and planning? Do you feel the UK is a resilient country?
- How can we continue to press the issue of resilience, particularly as the urgency of the current pandemic fades?
- Is our society sufficiently imaginative to identify and prepare for 'out-of-left-field’ surprises?
- What do you do to find ideas for disaster scenarios? To what extent do you draw on real or historical threats?
- Do fiction writers feel compelled to responsibly guide society’s imagination of the future?
- What is the worst thing you’ve had happen in your books, and what would it take for that to happen in real life?
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