“So much of modern life can be summarized in that suggestive phrase of Thoreau: ‘Improved means to an unimproved end’...This does not mean we must turn back the clock of scientific progress. No one can overlook the wonders that science (and the advancement of medicine) has wrought for our lives.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr., from “The World House” in Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or CommunityDuring the next week I will stream and also join TEDMED in person in Washington, D.C. to consider great challenges for a better future in health and medicine through a social media (SoMe) lens. As a plan and prepare for next week, here are some of my reflections for your consideration.
“At its core, TEDMED is a celebration of human achievement and the power of connecting the unconnected in creative ways to change our world in health and medicine.” —TEDMED
"What is important now is to recover our senses. We must learn to see more, hear more, to feel more." —Songtag
— Katherine Ellington (@katellington) April 7, 2013
.@fitbit is challenging #TEDMED to collectively walk the entire distance around the Earth. Stay tuned for more! #fitbitworldwalk
— TEDMED (@TEDMED) April 8, 2013
On Friday, The Great Challenges Day will use the power of storytelling to enable dialogue to consider intersectorial interdiscplinary innovative solutions within and beyond the realm of health care. The aim is to connect more ideas to the complicated and complex problems in medicine and health care for a healthier nation through provocation.
“We are powerful as individuals, but ultimately what we can see, do, and impact on our own is limited relative to what we can accomplish through collaboration, especially with people of common values but different experiences. Our participation serves to stretch our minds, create new possibilities, stir our imaginations and prepare us for our own personal moments of genius.” —TEDMED
When we use scientific progress to advance medicine there a big questions that involve costs, bioethical questions and often public skepticism. We must examine our vulnerabilities and the most vulnerable for a healthier world community.
We have inherited a large house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together...a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace...all inhabitants of the globe are now neighbors.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr., from “The World House” in
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community
You can follow me @katellington and @WorldHouseMD.
Follow the hashtag #TEDMED and #TEDMEDLive to listen and chat during and beyond the experience next week.
Look for more posts here next week.
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TEDMED #SoMe 2013