Join an audience with Sidney Dekker Live online workshops for the discerning professional

The average safety webinar might offer you practical, but second-hand, knowledge. Then there are these workshops. Join the professor himself in a live session. Engage directly with the source-the author of Just Culture, Safety Differently, The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error, Drift into Failure, The Safety Anarchist, Foundations of Safety Science, and other best-selling titles. And the best thing is: you can do so from wherever you are, in online, live workshops tailored to your timezone.

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Each workshop takes you comprehensively through the ideas-and the research, scholarship and evidence supporting them. You will not only learn what these topics are, but how you can, and should, think critically about them. You will learn to go deeper, discover new connections and hear the backstories. You will learn a new vocabulary so that you can ask better questions, and innovate safety and justice in your organization and beyond.

Upon completion of any of these workshops, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you can use toward your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

These workshops are also a great pathway into the University Graduate Program in Safety Leadership (, of which Professor Dekker is the program director. No prior academic experience is required.

3-hour live online workshop Building a Restorative Just Culture

A restorative Just Culture focuses on learning, re-establishing trust and enhancing individual and organizational resilience in the wake of a negative occurrence. It asks who are impacted by an event, what their needs are, and whose obligation it is to meet those needs. It holds people accountable by creating conditions of psychological safety-so they can offer open and honest accounts of what happened.

  • Brief history and background of Just Culture
  • Retributive and restorative justice
  • Backward- versus forward Looking accountability and its connections
    to learning, honesty and forgiveness
  • Second victimhood
  • Implementing restorative Just Culture principles
Upon completion of this workshop, you should be able to:
  • Distinguish between retributive and restorative models of Just Culture
  • Explain why retributive Just Culture algorithms  produce neither justice
    nor learning Identify impacts, needs and obligations resulting from an incident
  • Identify impacts, needs and obligations resulting from an incident
  • Describe accountability in restorative terms, including
    its relation to openness, honesty, forgiveness and learning
  • Recognize second victims and how to prioritize interventions
  • Prepare an outline for a restorative Just Culture in your organization

3-hour live online workshop Doing Safety Differently

Today, we spend a lot of time on the work of safety, and have lost sight of the safety of work. 'Safety differently,' embraced by multiple top tier organizations globally, is a compelling alternative to the bureaucratization and compliance of work. It sees people not as a problem to control, but as a resource to harness. Safety Differently defers to expertise, not telling people what to do, but instead asking them what they need to be successful.

Safety Differently turns safety back into an ethical responsibility, instead of a mere bureaucratic accountability that supplies optimistic numbers to managers, boards and regulators. It doesn't just want to stop things from going wrong, but discovers why things go well. Safety Differently helps you recognize and enhance the capacities in your people, your team and processes that make it so.

  • Origins of safety clutter and bureaucratic accountability
  • Organizational cultures of optic compliance, resignation and cynicism
  • Indicators that mispredict; busting the triangle myth
  • Hollnagel's 'Work as Imagined' versus 'Work as Done'
  • Embedded discovery and micro-experimentation
  • Safety as the presence of positive capacities, not the absence of negative events
  • Safe and resilient work as freedom-in-a-frame
Upon completion of this workshop, you should be able to:
  • Explain the difference between traditional safety and Safety Differently;
    between Safety I and Safety II
  • Distinguish internal compliance requirements from regulatory demands
  • Appraise work-as-done and apply appropriate methods for studying it and learning from it
  • Select targets in your safety bureaucracy for decluttering, and for decentralizing and devolving decision authority to frontline points of action
  • Plan micro-experiments for doing safety differently


3-hour live online workshop Foundations of Safety Science in half a day

If you want to rapidly increase your literacy in safety science, then this workshop is for you. It covers more than 100 years of safety science-ideas as well as practice-in three hours, showing you the connections and distinctions between all the major schools of thought.

This workshop will take you through the science and foundations of safety as:
  • Rule-following activity (Taylorism)
  • Presence and integrity of barriers (Heinrich's dominoes, Swiss cheese)
  • Individual behaviors (Heinrich again, behavioral safety)
  • Error-resistant and -tolerant design (Human factors, cognitive engineering)
  • Preventing drift into failure (Man-made disasters, system dynamics)
  • Creating the 'right' culture (Safety culture)
  • Presence of capacities (HRO, Safety II, Resilience engineering)
Upon completion of this workshop, you should be able to:
  • Name the major schools of thinking in safety science and identify the main figures behind them
  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of various models of safety and risk
  • Analyze mismatches between solutions (based on a particular model) and problems in your organization
  • Formulate an intervention linked to chosen theoretical model.
  • Evaluate organizational interventions for their appropiateness defined as the match between the model chosen and the problem to be solved.


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