Beneficial Risks: Reviews

Steve Smith has written a brilliant, practical book that will help move the concept of ‘beneficial risks’ deeper into our culture. His book is more than a philosophical statement. He shows how individuals and organizations can move forward to maximize the benefits of risk in outdoor programs, and do it confidently.

RICHARD LOUV / AUTHOR / LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS

More rules don’t necessarily make us safer. More risk avoidance doesn’t make us safer.
Risk competence does make us safer. And Steve’s book goes a long way to helping us get
there. But to get that message through to the people you work with, or that you have to
convince, there’s a bunch more you need to get your head around. Steve offers it too.
How can you stop the blame game after an accident, how can you prevent falling for the
lure of a ‘root cause’, and how can you actually engage in a meaningful learning review
of what happened?

SIDNEY DEKKER / AUTHOR AND PROFESSOR / SAFETY SCIENCE INNOVATION LAB

Beneficial Risks captures the importance of risk in outdoor programs: embracing risk as a tool for personal growth and having informed risk management systems built upon research, theory, and a wide array of diverse first hand perspectives. Providing critical insight for those who aspire to run high quality programs, this book advances the industry by distilling brilliance from the past but proposing an evolution for the future of risk management within outdoor programs.

JEANNETTE STAWSKI / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AORE

Steve Smith skillfully weaves together the most important factors to consider when managing the risks all outdoor programs face, and presents them in a well-designed, easily accessible format. A must read for professionals in this field!

STEVE PACE / DIRECTOR OF STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT & ACCREDITATION / AEE