Sunday, April 20, 2014

To Know Your History is to be Boston Strong

Building's tribute to its great architect, Charles Follen McKim.
Front left steps of the Boston Public Library pays tribute to science.

Right side of the steps pays tribute to arts and humanities.

Inner doors.

No lion is complete without inscriptions.

And also the other half of a pair.

Looking upstairs from the central entry.

More of the ceiling and second floor.

A busy reading room.

A look at the stacks.

A fine second floor room in which to hold receptions among those who think.

Geography anyone?

Could you work here?

Temporary Exhibition Space, probably where they will present the Boston Strong exhibition.

 This post is reproduced here in its entirety from last week's update in my personal blog, "A Walker's Journal."

I shot these photos in the Boston Public Library in January of 2013.  Since it's National Library Week and also the place where so many will go to view the Boston Marathon exhibit, I thought you might like to see what a magnificent building it is.  The library dates to 1848 and is the second oldest publically supported municipal library in the United States.  All residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have research and borrowing privileges.

CBS did a moving segment  last night on the new exhibit that opens Monday at the library.  The library, like the historic Trinity Church across the street, was just blocks from the finish line of the marathon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Operational risk is real world risk.

UW cherry trees, in bloom during spring break 2014

 I've had a nice break between quarters at the University of Washington, and I'm anxious to get back into the classroom tomorrow.  That's the beauty of teaching different courses.  It's hard to bore yourself or the students.  I find that the real world examples I use in my courses always need to be updated because events move so quickly.

Consider the mudslide here in Washington State.  Or the KOMO-TV news helicopter crash.  Or the unprecedented General Motors recall. Or this afternoon's active shooter at Fort Hood.  Or recent earthquakes in California and Chile. And don't forget the amount of heavy lifting necessary to get to work. They're all grist for the mill.

Over the next ten weeks, we'll examine operational risk in both the public and private sectors.  Is the risk different? Or is it just managed differently?  What are the barriers to implementation of a strong risk management program? Are there ways to implement such programs without large budgets, but with skill and imagination?

I have at least 24 graduate students in the class.  They're still signing up.  I'll keep you posted.