During his career at sea, Nippin experienced a near collision which was traumatic as a start but became a turning point in his life. A decade later when he took up a PhD in Social Sciences it became obvious through this journey how the same story can be narrated in so many different ways. Since then, he has developed a passion for creating human stories.
Something goes wrong and we plunge deep into collecting evidence, establishing fact and investigating the ‘case.’ We get so busy creating the first story that we miss the opportunity to engage with second stories.
Some peculiarities of first stories. They emerge fairly quickly, focus excessively on people at the sharp end, promise to provide accurate explanations of some very complicated issues, conveniently and authoritatively direct what people should have done (or not) to avoid those silly outcomes, and become seen as the truth.
Second stories are messy, time consuming, incomplete, inaccurate, dubious, rich in detail, hard to explain, uncomfortable, and leave us vacant and wondering when there are no obvious conclusions and solutions.
But often second stories hold the power to make us think, reflect and shift perspectives. In many years working in oil and gas, maritime, aviation, renewables, health sector, insurance and utilities, Nippin has helped leaders create and understand the power of second stories of accidents and everyday experiences.