EPISODE 136, SEASON 3:
In this episode, I connect with
Jessie Singer the author of the book There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster – Who Profits and Who Pays the Price

We examine how the word “accident” has morphed into meaning that nothing could have been done to prevent it, but when the events are examined, they are the inherently predictable and preventable results of a system and an environment. Tune in to learn more.
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We hear it all the time “a tragic accident occurred and x number of people were hurt or even, all too often killed”, but was it really an accident or a result of a poorly designed and often complex, multivariable system.

Jessie felt compelled to explore the word “accident” and its nuanced, complicated, and even insidious history because tragedy struck close to home with the killing of her best friend one day while he was riding in a supposedly-safe “protected” bike lane. Eventually, she wrote and recently published There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster – Who Profits and Who Pays the Price.

Our human nature pulls us in the direction of blaming someone, anyone, most likely the person directly involved in the incident because surely they must pay. Perhaps. But what if the real responsibility lies further up the chain of events at the system level? That’s precisely what I explore with Jessie in the conversation and I hope you find it interesting and perhaps even thought-provoking enough to prompt looking at things more systematically with an eye toward truly preventing future traumatic events from happening.

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– Book – There Are No Accidents
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Credits:
All video and audio production by John Simmerman

Music:
– Intro and Outro mixed by John Simmerman

Resources used during the production of this episode:
– My awesome recording platform is Ecamm
– Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Studio Equipment:
– Main MIcrophone Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3
– Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio
– Additional Microphone – Shure MV7
– Camera – Sony ZV-E10 (currently sold out)
– Lens – Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens
– Elgato Cam Link 4k
– Elgato Streamdeck XL*
– Elgato Streamdeck (*you may not need the XL)

Editing Computer System:
– Apple MacBook Pro 16″ 2021 M1 Pro
– LG 34WP88C-B 34-inch Curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440×1440) IPS Display with Ergo Stand

All video, audio, and music production by me, John Simmerman

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Background:
Hi Everyone, my name is John Simmerman.

I’m a health promotion professional with over 30 years of experience and my area of concentration has evolved into a specialization of how the built environment influences human behavior related to active living and especially active mobility.

In 2012 I launched the non-profit Advocates for Healthy Communities as an effort to help promote and create healthy, active places.

Since that time I’ve been exploring, documenting, and profiling established, emerging, and aspiring Active Towns wherever they might be, in order to produce high-quality multimedia content to help inspire the creation of more safe and inviting, environments that promote a “Culture of Activity” for “All Ages & Abilities”.

My Active Towns suite of channels feature my original video and audio content and reflections, including a selection of podcast episodes and short films profiling the positive and inspiring efforts happening around the world as I am able to experience and document them.

Thanks for tuning in, I hope you find this content helpful.

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