Initial problems

ePatients are patients.

mHealth is health.

social media is media.

There are enough how-tos, Top 10s and playbooks out there.

They’re just a search term away.

We neither need to write more of them in the belief that we are in some way contributing something (other than more static), nor labour under the misapprehension that new entrants to the health conversation will be incapable of finding them for themselves.

Every act of unnecessary explanation could have been an act of much-needed (co-)creation.

Don’t squander a chance to make a difference; we all have fewer of them left than we’d like to believe.

4 thoughts on “Initial problems

  1. I like this a lot. Important not to get bogged down on the platforms/technology/details and keep the ‘eyes on the prize’ (better health, disease treatment and pt care)

    Just difficult to know whether we still need to create increasing ‘mass’ before the collaboration and collective action (although I guess its still happening)

    Point taken :o)

  2. Hi Dan

    That definitely wins a prize for ‘fastest comment ever’ 🙂

    The ‘criticial mass’ observation is a valuable reminder of the perils of prevarication. The logical extrapolation is: ‘if it will always be bigger tomorrow, why start today?’

    I was idly flicking through a battered Penguin Shakespeare copy of Macbeth after reading a recent Phil Baumann post and wanting to spin a couple of the Bald Brummie’s greatest hits, and the text fell open against:

    ‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death.’

    …with the sort of manic, cross-referenced marginalia and long-forgotten hieroglyphs in pencil against them that always surprise me when I encounter my past self’s frenetic and fruitless (beyond paying the mortgage, I suppose) activities.

    This really is a time for change.

    Although we still want to use them in ways that try to intepret the future using a language that is falling out of use, the present has made a gift to us of nascent technologies, new means of social and cultural arrangement, and the potential to forge a renaissance in health design and delivery, among other things.

    This opportunity may be as radical in its challenge and emancipatory in its potential in terms of redistributing the contexts within which knowledge is forged, power is shared, and collective destinies determined as any humanity has encountered up to this point.

    The difficult likes in the fact that this must be facilitated neither through the exhumation of previously buried wisdom (like the rediscovery of Graeco-Roman culture in the C14/15), nor the liberation (for some) from labour that the instruments of the industrial revolution furnished their creators with, but rather something that requires a great deal more ongoing effort on our parts, collectively.

    It requires nothing less than the relinquishing of the primacy of ego and individualism, and the embracing of collective action. As a committed co-creator (who I won’t ‘out’ ;)) was helping me understand this morning, the sharing of value and the creation of trust go hand-in-hand.

    Sadly, at this point in time I’m not sure we’re adequately socially evolved to grasp what is being asked of us, far less to be able to execute it. From the unrestricted views the expert would have us believe that their aerie affords them, to the restricted views the follower’s hole in the ground affords them, so much of the work that is undertaken in the name of the supposed exegesis of Social Wisdom seems to consist in writing the most authoritative grand narrative of What Social Is and How Social Works. The fact is that no-one knows how social is going to work.

    I’ve touched previously upon the evolution of social business and will address the matter again in the near future, but suffice to say for the time being that the relentless republication of the opinions of others is undertaken across networks in the misguided belief that reaching for the retweet or ‘Like’ button is achieving something.

    Sharing is just revenance: the ghost of action.

    And it’s haunting me.

  3. I agree completely with the sentiment around sharing (although looking inward it gives me a slightly guilty pang!) We need more creators/visionaries and less ‘distributors’.

    Certainly looking at my own ‘personal crusade’ of attempting to transport at least some of my colleagues from one viewpoint to another, at present there is very little ‘mass’ to speak of (although perhaps I am just looking at it the wrong way). You cannot create collaboration and collective action without people so it will always be a balance but I agree that in most areas the priorities are out of kilter. The need to be a visionary leader of collective action needs to be prioritised over the fear of being labelled a heretic.

    Certainly for me I think that after much pushing things are starting to change and it is my responsibility to harness the momentum!!!

    If I didnt think it was cheesy i’d use the only latin I know here!! ;o)

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