THE IMAGINE SERIES

Inspired by the topic of wilful blindness, this series takes a look at well-known disasters, scandals and crises exploring how situations were, or have been, allowed to arise when in most instances they could have been prevented. A person is deemed legally to be wilfully blind by somehow managing not to know something they could or should have known; but why are people ignoring the warning signs? By understanding why it is human nature to turn a blind eye to certain things, we can make better decisions to prevent pitfalls and disasters from occurring.

This series of articles aims to offer insight in to high profile instances of wilful blindness and highlight what can be learnt from them. More articles will be added in the run up to the Imagine Conference taking place on 12 February 2020.

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Wilful Blindness Series Part 1: Maxwell

It is nearly three decades since the Maxwell scandal shocked Britain to its foundations. Looking back, it is obvious that Robert Maxwell was the mastermind behind the fraud, he was even th...

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Wilful Blindness Series Part 2: Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs invasion is a spectacular example of how wilful blindness can be amplified by group dynamics and cause even the most brilliant people to make stupid mistakes. How could Joh...

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Wilful Blindness Series Part 3: Enron

American energy giant Enron was one of the brightest stars of the 1990s but by late 2001 it had imploded into a black hole, with an accounting scandal that also brought down its auditor, A...

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Wilful Blindness Series Part 4: Climate Change

We ask Margaret about the biggest wilful blindness today. Her answer is climate change which she says is now at crisis point. In her article Margaret looks back over three decades and expl...

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