Welcome – add mine to Susan DS’ I want to outline 3 reasons for us being here: Functional Procedural Societal And then I’ll hand over to our facilitators who’ll explain how the workshop will…work.
The Functional reasons for us being here. Our look so far at the world of information that can help people live well with their conditions tells us that there’s plenty of information out there. But it’s all over the place, and not very findable. We don’t want to add yet one more database, or one more place to remember to visit, and we’ve concentrated on what can help join the multitude of sources with the multitude of information users and franchisees. The ALISS Engine is a sort of dowry for all this. During the Workshops in February, we enjoyed creating storyboards and blue-prints for some new information-service ideas for helping get info to people who want to live well with their condition. Today and tomorrow we’re going to work some more on these service ideas, and Test the Engine with them Develop the ideas into independent-but-linked business proposals, that can then be taken forward after the workshop – more on this later… I’m not going to try & explain what the Engine is in too much detail just now. Suffice to say that it's not a website or a wiki. We see it as a place where connections will be made. We think of it as a black box, containing technology that will power existing websites and encouraging the development of new services. In short we're thinking it will hoover up information about local services, from people and organisations, make sense of it and make it available as open data to those who can use it. It will make stuff more visible, more findable and maybe even provide ways to get previously unseen stuff onto the web. It takes a little time to get your head around the idea so if at any point you want to quiz the team about how it might work The Engine Driver, and his mate Leading Stoker John are here, and we’ll all get more of an idea when we test it this afternoon.
The Procedural reasons we’re here today: We’re seeking to do this project in the spirit of self-management – where the way we work on the problems and solutions is properly inclusive – the new jargon is ‘co-production’. As I said at the first workshop in Glasgow “we [the project team] couldn’t do this without all of you, and we wouldn’t want to either”. ALISS and its Engine are intended not just to be a piece of technology, but also as a stimulus for people to have ideas as to how it can be used and fitted in to services they want to develop. (that dowry again) The clutch of services thus far outlined by those of you who came along in February are our first stab – we’d like more! There’s a good deal of institutional interest in this ‘co-production’ thing. Not just because it’s an alternative to paying mgt consultants 4-figure daily rates, but because it’s a better way. It’s also a better way to tackle the societal reasons we’re here today…
Society: It’s possible to see ALISS as the hypertext version of Dig For Victory, where everyone can do their bit to tackle a big societal issue that involves us all: how best to live well and collaboratively in a society where lots of people have LTCs. Planners and hi-heid-yins are exercised about this. They know the system will start to break in not many years hence if we carry on as we are. There may be a certain amount of grinding teeth amongst some as the solution involves giving away some of the control that they have exercised on our behalf over these many years. But they know the change needs to be made, so that all can play their part, and be part of the solution not just part of the problem. In a small way, we are pioneering some of this new approach. It’s important work, on an important societal issue. People are watching and supporting what we are doing here. There may be opportunities to replicate the approach elsewhere. But it’s not just challenging. It’s interesting/fascinating too. And even enjoyable. Ask people who came along in February. And we’re lucky enough to have the people who helped us all make it enjoyable in February, back again. Lauren & Sarah are going to tell us how the workshop will run. So Listen Up !
Introduction to the ALISS Innovation Workshop
The ALISS project A ccess to L ocal I nformation to S upport S elf-Management Working towards better access to information to support self management of long term conditions. A collaboration of the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, and the Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland…and ever so many other organisations…and people… Introduction to the ALISS Innovation Workshop 11 th .-12 th . March 2010