Transformation Through A Shared Vision Partnership for Health and Wholeness Benjamin V. Lozare, Ph.D Johns Hopkins University May 26-2007
Session objectives Appreciate how “self-limiting” mental models weaken creativity and thinking processes. Appreciate an alternative way to defining health problems. Understand the concept of shared vision and its importance
Life From Many Angles Is there only one way to see things? Is there only one TRUTH? How can we develop multiple perspectives? From Zoom, an illustrated book (1995) by Istvan Banyai, Hungarian artist
Where do leaders operate? Beyond Imagination That’s Impossible Looks Difficult Easy to do
Key Idea How can you make a difference if you think you can’t?
Somewhere in the future Kobie and Ajoba represent the resourceful couple. He is a driver; she is a street vendor. Health is a priority in their lives and like their friends, they invest time and money to ensure that they remain healthy.
Somewhere in the future Kobie and Ajoba plan to have only two children so they can provide them with love and care and ensure their health, education and welfare. They saved enough money before they had their first child.
Somewhere in the future They sought information on pregnancy and child birth and learned the danger signs of pregnancy. They knew what to do in case problems occurred. It did not matter to them whether their child was a boy or girl. They agreed to raise their children so that they too would value their health and sexuality.
Somewhere in the future Kobie and Ajoba understand the risks of HIV/AIDS and have shared their knowledge with friends and family. Both are deeply concerned about the political and economic future of their country. They vote intelligently and always encourage their friends to do the same.
Somewhere now Ebo and Abena are living together. Ebo is a mechanic who works when he wants to. Abena would like to earn some money but Ebo refuses to let her work. They do not know about modern contraception and have not been to a health clinic in five years.
Somewhere now They have six children, all unplanned. Four are seriously malnourished. Because Ebo’s income is meager and irregular, their children often go hungry. When there is food, the boys get the largest portions and eat first.
Somewhere now Ebo and Abena do not talk about their condition or the future. Ebo drinks heavily and often beats Abena when drunk. He was surprised one time when Abena fought back. This made him so furious that he beat her severely.
Somewhere now Abena ended up in the hospital. The police jailed Ebo briefly but he did not have any remorse when released. Both Ebo and Abena are HIV positive but they do not know their condition. They don’t care about politics and have never voted.
Why is there a difference? Our challenge is to think deeply and then act.
Our present health system is “perfectly” designed to produce our present results! If we want the same results, let us keep the system.
We may need to change our mental models of cancer and public health. Cancer Cancer