Monkey Risk

Earlier today I wrote about the threat of elephants in some parts of India or Sri Lanka; risks we would never consider including in a heat map in major North American cities but are threats in other parts of the world.

Well, if you were tasked with identifying and assessing risk to the municipal government of Delhi, India in 2007, would you have included Monkey Risk?

A BBC article from October 2007 reads:

The deputy mayor of the Indian capital Delhi has died a day after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys. SS Bajwa suffered serious head injuries when he fell from the first-floor terrace of his home on Saturday morning trying to fight off the monkeys. The city has long struggled to counter its plague of monkeys, which invade government complexes and temples, snatch food and scare passers-by.

I am not advocating adding Monkey Risk to your risk maps, just open your minds to identify and assess all sorts of risks while searching for similarities in seemingly dissimilar things. Maybe we don’t have to worry about monkeys but what about rats, birds, insect infestations, etc.

Just think about it and how something so far fetched could affect your business plan.

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