Responsible Energy Leadership Workshops |
Workshops to be held this summer
Location: Dubai, London and Oxford.
By Nicholas Newman
It is clear many of the problems that the global energy industry faces today are a failure to provide effective and
responsible energy leadership. Examples of energy leadership failure can be seen from the government reports on the
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident
in Japan and
Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Such incidents could have been either avoided or mitigated if the
participating stakeholders had exercised responsible energy leadership. It is clear in both cases that the inherent
decision-making culture was not encouraging participants to test and evaluate the suitability, sustainability and
implications of their energy leadership decisions.
I propose together with my brother Prof Victor Newman at Greenwich University to hold a series of three-hour
workshops where industry professionals, academics, regulators, decision and policymakers will come together to
define “Energy Leadership” as a concept and practice for professional practitioners. It is proposed, these
workshops will be held in Oxford at London's Energy Institute and at its Middle East branch in Dubai.
Prework will involve participants studying topical case studies such as BP's Deep-water horizon in the Gulf of
Mexico and Tokyo Electric Power company’s nuclear plant at Fukushima Daiichi, and to gather their own examples
to cite at the workshop in the opening contextual session.
Having defined Energy Leadership as a concept, these workshops will characterise the potential nature of energy
leadership by crafting Energy Leadership principles using Victor Newman’s “Smart Failing”technique. To do this
we will ask trial participants to attempt to describe how to ensure that Energy Leadership is absent in
decision making, identifying the top 5 symptoms of failure and then crafting antidote principles and
By the end of each seminar participants will have developed practical prototype tools to aid them in evaluating
current decisions as to their compliance with responsible Energy Leadership.
The results of these seminars will be published in Oxfordprospect magazine and it is proposed in the skills
supplement of the Energy Institute’s Petroleum Review. In addition, it is proposed that these results will be
turned into a series of energy leadership modules for executive education with CPD potential at a Masters level.
For more info about particiapating this summer contact:
1. Nicholas Newman Oxford based International energy journalist. Editor Oxfordprospect magazine
+44-(0)1865-762710 Skype: oxfordprospect Email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com
2. Prof. Victor Newman leading author and consultant on knowledge and innovation management at The Business
School, The University of Greenwich. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 7976 552883