Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters

By Robert Meyer, Howard Kunreuther
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At a time when we face looming short- and long-term risks as varied as terrorism, cyberattacks, and climate change, this timely book diagnoses the innate psychological barriers to effective disaster planning and mitigation. Drawing on a variety of historical lessons and integrating insights into psychology, the authors prescribe practical approaches to disaster preparation. The Ostrich Paradox is a must-read, whether you are protecting the nation or your own family. Michael Chertoff, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security The Ostrich Paradox is an essential, sobering read for anyone interested in assessing and responding to tomorrow s hazards today. Robert Meyer and Howard Kunreuther don t just help us understand why we don t prepare for disasters as we should, they also show us how to alter those behaviors and improve preparedness. Alan Schnitzer, Chief Executive Officer, The Travelers Companies, Inc. Good things typically come in threes. In The Ostrich Paradox, however, Meyer and Kunreuther skillfully distill a large body of recent psychological insights on the barriers to action in the face of potential peril into four steps of a behavioral risk audit and into four guiding principles to ensure preventive action. Elke U. Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University"
The Ostrich Paradox boldly addresses a key question of our time: Why are we humans so poor at dealing with disastrous risks, and what can we humans do about it? It is a must-read for everyone who cares about risk. Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow At a time when we face looming short- and long-term risks as varied as terrorism, cyberattacks, and climate change, this timely book diagnoses the innate psychological barriers to effective disaster planning and mitigation. Drawing on a variety of historical lessons and integrating insights into psychology, the authors prescribe practical approaches to disaster preparation. The Ostrich Paradox is a must-read, whether you are protecting the nation or your own family. Michael Chertoff, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security The Ostrich Paradox is an essential, sobering read for anyone interested in assessing and responding to tomorrow s hazards today. Robert Meyer and Howard Kunreuther don t just help us understand why we don t prepare for disasters as we should, they also show us how to alter those behaviors and improve preparedness. Alan Schnitzer, Chief Executive Officer, The Travelers Companies, Inc. Good things typically come in threes. In The Ostrich Paradox, however, Meyer and Kunreuther skillfully distill a large body of recent psychological insights on the barriers to action in the face of potential peril into four steps of a behavioral risk audit and into four guiding principles to ensure preventive action. Elke U. Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University"



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Publish date 02/07/2017
Pages 132
ISBN-13 9781613630808
ISBN-10 1613630808
Language English

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