The original quote is in French of course:

'La peinture, c’est très facile
quand vous ne savez pas comment faire.
Quand vous le savez, c’est très difficile.'

DEGAS was the working title the Ministry used when the decision was made to establish this council. We looked up the painter and found this description:

'Though in retrospect Degas is often referred to as an impressionist, he considered himself a realist, illuminating his notion that reality often lies beyond what the eye can perceive.'

This seemed to be rather relevant to what we intended to do. When we also came across a relevant quote from Degas himself -see the header of this site- we decided DEGAS would remain our name.


The DEGAS-Circle

High levels of safety and High Reliability Organizations are not created by rules. They are the result of being a Learning Organization. The good news: a Learning Organization is not complicated. You just need a structure of only six elements. The bad news: it is very difficult to let a Learning Culture grow in an organization, because these elements run counter to what people and organizations normally do.

Luckily, although each element is absolutely necessary, they do not need to be established all at the same time. Each element on its own brings benefits. But they will only develop their full potential when all elements are in place and are properly connected in what we call the DEGAS-Circle. If you wish you can click the buttons below the image for more information about the different elements.

degas circle

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