Pelicans, Poverty, and Healthcare

I heard a talk the other day about the importance of localization and framing things in ways that people feel they can make a difference.  This person was framing the issue of poverty in the way that people respond to issues like the oil spill in the gulf and animals.  People care about animals.  They don’t want to see them covered in oil.  They can see themselves making a difference cleaning the animals.  Therefore, they respond.

This person was framing poverty in much the same way.  Thinking about global poverty and how to help the 1.2B people who make less than $1 per day is overwhelming much less trying to address the issues of the working poor.  But, he was framing poverty in ways that we could make a difference.  For example, you could buy a goat for $90 to feed a family.  Or, you could donate $2,600 which was matched by someone and could build a house.

This got me thinking about healthcare.  Not only because of the health and wealth connection, but the challenge of addressing a massive issue.  We need to continue to break healthcare problems down to finite issues that can be addressed by people like you and me.  This is not only for our own health – e.g., drink more water, but for the health of our communities – e.g., no more soda machines in our schools.

One Response to “Pelicans, Poverty, and Healthcare”

  1. Interesting concept. I just joined your twibe so I can see the utility of generating change by adding incrementally. I guess this concept is also reflected in one of my favorite taglines about my site – we propose to Change Healthcare, one DoneDeal at a time. This reflects that if we create one new doctor / patient relationship based upon fair fees and services then we are enabling larger change. Buying one goat instead of a herd.

    The trick for any huge audacious change is to break it in to nice, bite-sized, doable thing… because the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – as true in the time of Lao-tzu (c 604-c 531 BC, founder of Taoism.) as it is today.

    Perhaps another approach to revolution is sustainable evolution – one small change at a time.

    Thanks for the post, it frames my thoughts differently and makes me understand my own musings and strategy a little better.

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