Actions and the Language of Change

Actions speak the language of change by making it visible. Talking about change shapes our actions, so let’s talk carefully. Change, real change of substance, is considerably difficult to orchestrate. Even in the presence of threats, opportunities, internal drive, and lack of alternate options, change is difficult to encourage, stimulate, motivate, and sustain in individuals, …

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Seeing the lights in research with our heads in the clouds

Some fields stagnate because they fail to take the bold steps into the unknown by taking chances and proposing new ideas because the research isn’t there to guide it while social innovation has a different twist on the problem: it has plenty of ideas, but little research to support those ideas. Unless the ideas and …

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Returning Home

  After more than four weeks of travel, conferences and events it is good to return home. CENSEMaking’s sabbatical is over and over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the insights gained from a brief, but deep immersion into of the biggest design cultures in the world (Italy and Finland) and spending time exploring …

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Social Media and Health: Leaders(hip) and Followers(hip)

Systems thinking, design thinking, developmental evaluation, creativity, networks and innovation: these are the keywords for health in the coming years. They are as author Eric Topol calls the dawning of the creative destruction of medicine. The public is already using social media for health and now the time has come for health (care, promotion and protection) systems to get on board and make the changes necessary to join them.

Systems Thinking, eHealth and Changing Public Health

Tomorrow is my last class in CHL 5804: Health Behaviour Change for the 2010 year. Like every year, it was filled with the expected, unexpected and everything in between. I love teaching the course and interacting with about 30 graduate students from different disciplines, research backgrounds and educational levels. And while we often don’t admit …

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The Face-to-Face Complexity of eHealth & Knowledge Exchange

Using complexity science principles to guide the process and powered by social media and face-to-face engagement, the power to take what we know, contextualize it, and transform it into something we can act on seems to me the best way forward in dealing with problems of chronic disease that are so knotted and pervasive, yet demand rapid responses.

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