It is not a huge hyperbole to state that health- and social- care are subjects often wrapped in mistery for most, even for the very beneficiaries.
Politicians talk of cost savings, and optimization of the throughput, opinion leaders and policy makers of commoditization and user satisfaction, …but is welfare actually a production ecosystem?
And what to do of the right to self-determination, in contrast with public health?
One could dwell ever deeper: have you ever wondered how is the cost of care determined, and how is the effectiveness of an intervention or quality of a provider measured? And deeper yet, how do we know what is acceptable health, and what a disease is? Can we make social wellness really apart from health?
WHO defined health in 1948, as follows: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, and this definition has never been amended so far. Not too shallow. But what does that really mean?
Without getting too philosophical, I would like to walk with you through some paradoxes of today’s welfare, to figure out how the system makes sense of them, and whether and how this sense making could be reframed to work on alternative solutions.
This session will feature a provocation from @markomanka followed by an (hopefully) embarrassingly interactive Q&A session. To up the game we will host some special guests:
- Julia Reda, the only Pirate MEP, to talk of transparency of software and care.
- @Luciascopelliti and/or @Rossana_Torri, to talk of prototyping community welfare dos and donts.
- @Costantino and/or @zoescope, to talk about DIY aids for care.
…but the true star of the session is you, everyone in the audience. Please break your diffidence and share with us your questions and comments, because care is very close to home, we know.
Photo credit: Zach Taiji on flickr.com
Date: 2016-02-26 15:30:00 - 2016-02-26 16:30:00, Europe/Brussels Time.