Writing

Annie Searle loves to write, and her work shows it. Early in her career she won a Corporation for Public Broadcasting promotion award for the monthly magazine she edited and produced for members. Later, she produced content-rich press materials and a code of ethics for the museum public relations profession during her seven years at the Seattle Art Museum. She owned a computer company in the 1990s, and still found time to write a monthly technology column for Seattle audiences. At Washington Mutual, Searle wrote often, from confidential executive reports, to weekly columns for her staff, and professional articles for publication.

Today she writes a monthly column for ASA News & Notes, in which she discusses news events as well as legal and policy issues that are of interest to the critical infrastructure sector. And she writes articles that focus on operational risk four times a year for the London-based magazine, The Risk Universe.

Publishing books is central to the ASA Institute for Risk and Innovation's mission. In 2011, Searle published Advice From A RIsk Detective: At Home, At Work, Online And On The Road, available in both paperback and kindle versions. Searle notes wryly that it was a real challenge to write a book for the general public, one without acronyms and which uses her personal stories to make important points. She published a second edition of the book in 2013 that includes a new chapter on risks connected with school, as well as updated sections on online technology, social media and privacy. The newest version is available from Amazon.

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In the spring of 2012, ASA’s Institute for Risk and Innovation published the inaugural volume of Reflections on Risk, available from Amazon in kindle and paperback versions. The book is a collection of 22 research notes originally published on this website and written primarily by four ASA research associates: Akshay Bhagwatwar, Shirish Munshi, Emily Oxenford, and Andrew Hansen. The next volume, Reflections on Risk II, edited by Emily Oxenford, was published in February of 2014 and features 26 research notes by 14 different authors. A third volume with another 26 research notes, also edited by Oxenford, was published in 2015.

Finally, Searle blogs intermittently for the Disaster Recovery Journal; for the Authorities on Assurance site; and on her own blog, Advice From A Risk Detective.