Assessing Risks and Gains with Eyes (and Doors) Wide Open
Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 1:00pm 5:00pm

Nedra Chandler - Principal, Cadence
Billy Shott - Branch Chief, National Park Service Intermountain Regional Office

Track: (Training Workshop)

Decisions often involve conflict between agency missions, public opinions and values, political influences, and employee field work. Any decision can leave those with a stake in the outcomes disappointed and skeptical. Would a systematic, low-tech, publicly-accessible risk assessment be valuable? So far, yes, very often. Operational risk management (ORM) is a facilitative tool tied directly to decision-making and gives a framework for adapting as situations change. It typically involves an intensive, multi-day commitment to dialogue and participation. The process generates useable insight into the components that affect the risks and gains at stake. One user says, "It's a living, breathing animal."

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn origins, principles and steps of Operational Risk Management in order to be an informed participant in ORM processes you may develop or encounter in your agency, advocacy, or other work.
  2. Be a ready internal or external facilitator of ORM - - competent to pull ORM off the shelf to tailor it to the situation at hand.
  3. Contribute to the necessary discussion of ORM ethics, strengths, and weaknesses as a tool in public decision-making, environmental conflict resolution and risk management in the sunshine ("in the sunshine" is shorthand for open, good governance).
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