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The purpose of this group is to build a commons for Health & Wellbeing. We will be looking into:

  • what a healthy healthcare system could look like using a systemic perspective
  • mapping existing resources and find out what resources we want to create together
  • how to work with and build bridges to health-related sectors like housing, food, NHS, private medicine, voluntary organisations, health education & training, research, community gardens and others

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Latest Activity: Aug 7

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                   " Health is not about the absence of disease but a place of belonging"

We are all creative individuals working in the health sector (private, public & the 3rd sector).  Occasionally we have teamed up with others around events or short-term projects but it hasnt become our main way of being and working. We no longer want to dip in and out of collaborative projects and pick up amazing ideas but create a culture where caring, peer-to-peer learning & working and collaboration become the new norm, a culture that serves everyone's health and wellbeing.  This group is for playing, learning and growing together. Learning to act as a commons is creating the 'new story of health'.  Just imagine how we could all thrive in a world where we all take care of each other and the planet. 

 

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Vision Map for Health Commons Hub

Started by Anna Betz. Last reply by Anna Betz Aug 7. 4 Replies

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Reading that inspires me to act

Started by Anna Betz. Last reply by Anna Betz Jun 2, 2013. 13 Replies

1. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/6/2/492Emerging Patient-Driven Health Care Models: An examination of Health Social Networks, Consumer Personalized…Continue

News from the Health Commons Working Group

Started by Anna Betz May 12, 2013. 0 Replies

After what seemed a rather long break and plenty of time to gather information from the field which incidentally grows richer by the day, the working group met a Alex's house to review our purpose,…Continue

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The functions of a health commons

Started by Anna Betz. Last reply by Anna Betz May 12, 2013. 3 Replies

The dominant story of healthcare is problem saturated. Now imagine for a moment if 'healthcare' was our patient, how could we co-author the new story of healthcare? What would we as users and…Continue

Tags: functions, education, health, health commons, , commons

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Comment by Dr Grant Pearson on October 15, 2012 at 23:25

looking forward to the seminar next week

Comment by Henk Hadders on November 3, 2012 at 17:31

I deeply enjoyed being present on 23 October in the Mahatma Ghandi Hall at the Indian YMCA, feeling the evolutionary movement and sensing  the emergence of a new liberation movement for our health. I never thought I would write these kinds of words. As a former director I used to sit at a table –with power- and all the managers sitting in line. Here I was part of a circle of people who deeply cared about health and the care for health, and nobody had power or control over the other person. I enjoyed seeing “the Art of Hosting” in action, and to be part of this circle.

I’m still struggling to get a clear image, what “the Commons of Health” actually is (besides being a Community of people), and what the main elements are of a Commons Routemap. But that’s not important in this moment in time,  where I’ve just witnessed the birth of something new. I’m confident that the emergence of the health provisions of the Commons (next to provisions by Market and State) is what we need to realize our Common Good and the Good Life with a sustainable health and care for health. Thank you all for your gifts. And I thank George, Max and Anna for helping us prudently along the way. I especially liked the part where we were asked to formulate questions (instead of answers) and clustered questions. What a relief?

But while I was a manager, I did my best to realize good healthcare services. What went wrong? I now see more clearly, that we never had a true dialogue with our stakeholders (and the local/global commons in particular). It’s not good that citizens needing help, once entering the doors of a hospital becoming patients, thereby giving the power to professionals in providing services needed (instead of co-producing services and co-creating health as two citizens in relationship) . We started with a circle of about 30 people. We need to enlarge the circle and include more managers and workers in institutionalized, professional healthcare and continue the dialogue!

Comment by George Por on November 3, 2012 at 18:19

We need to enlarge the circle and include more managers and workers in institutionalized, professional healthcare and continue the dialogue!

Absolutely! I think when the commons will find its voice, we will better poised to attract them, by addressing their issues, too. Meanwhile, we can call their attention to the great work of Dr. Youngson's communities of practice

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