Technology, risk and outdoor programming

James T. Neill, Tonia L. Gray

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If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery. Michael Harrington We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt (2002) The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. Bill Gates
Focus questions: What goes into your backpack for an outdoor trip? What stays out? How do you decide? Why? In the pursuit of safety and risk management through technological aid are we losing our independence and connection with the outdoors? Are modern day ‘adventurers’ over-reliant on ‘gadgets’ and ‘gizmos’ to buffer their inadequacies or for legal requirements? Are modern electronic devices innocuous or intrusive? What technologies can be used to help administer, operate and market outdoor programs?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisk Management in the Outdoors
Subtitle of host publicationA Whole-of-Organisation Approach for Education, Sport and Recreation
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781139192682
ISBN (Print)9780521152310
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


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