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.
POST CONFERENCE CONTENT
What we learnt about wilful blindness at the Imagine Conference
Kicking off the conference, Margaret Heffernan, told us that she first came across the concept of wilful blindness when reading the transcript of the Enron trial. ...Read article
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...Read article
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...Read article
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...Read article
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...Read article