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PECKHAM IN HALESWORTH?
Sociotechnical Systems: IT and the Future ofWork (March 2015)
Suzanne Amos
Sanda Budimir
Taufiq Hart...
IN SUMMARY
A bit of context
Overview of our research
Our ideas
Over to you!
WHAT ISTHIS ALL ABOUT?
Applying the ideals and ideas of the Peckham Experiment
(1926-50) to the town of Halesworth, Suffol...
THE PECKHAM EXPERIMENT
Unit of participation: the family
Purpose-built centre
Social activities and exercise
Run by local ...
60+YEARS LATER
A National Health Service but under strain
A ‘perfect storm’ of pressures?
Different health challenges to 1...
FROM PECKHAMTO
HALESWORTH
Total population 9,156 people
2 Main age groups, 45-64 and 65+
Halesworth is a hub for villages
...
OUR RESEARCH
Used methodologies and approaches to analyse sociotechnical
systems
Understand complexity of situation
Don’t ...
RICH PICTURE
Halesworth+and+Blythe+Valley+
Partnership+
Gym+is+
too+far+
away+
Will+people+
become+too+
anxious+about+
their+health?+!+...
AN APPROACH EMERGES
“A system to empower inhabitants of Halesworth to organise
community events.”
Transformation: inhabita...
WHAT WOULD NEEDTO
HAPPEN?
It would need to be an easy to use system: inclusive and
accessible to all
A model of support wo...
A KEY PECKHAM IDEAL:
SELF-ORGANISATION
“The initiation of clubs or groups or the pursuit of any adult
activity is in the h...
WHY SOCIAL EVENTS?
“There’s a clear association between physical activity, socialising
and wellbeing.”
Dr Jane Moore, dire...
HEALTH PROMOTION:
NEW APPROACHES
“I need to do something different. I need to think outside the
box.”
“We’re building on a...
PHYSICAL ACTIVITYTHAT ‘JUST
HAPPENS’
BACKTO PECKHAM
Social activity was an important
component of the Peckham
Experiment
HOW COULDTECHNOLOGY
HELP?
Local social network
Facilities booking system
Activity monitors (like fitbits)
WHAT WE NEEDTO KNOW ...
Events in Halesworth
Venues: booking?
Who currently organises?
What events do people want?
Would r...
CHALLENGES
Promotion
Finance
Participation
THANKS,AND OVERTOYOU…
How could you see this approach working in Halesworth?
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  1. 1. PECKHAM IN HALESWORTH? Sociotechnical Systems: IT and the Future ofWork (March 2015) Suzanne Amos Sanda Budimir Taufiq Hartantyo Tanay Manohar Kapoor David Little
  2. 2. IN SUMMARY A bit of context Overview of our research Our ideas Over to you!
  3. 3. WHAT ISTHIS ALL ABOUT? Applying the ideals and ideas of the Peckham Experiment (1926-50) to the town of Halesworth, Suffolk in 2015 What can Peckham teach us about promoting health and fitness in the 21st century?
  4. 4. THE PECKHAM EXPERIMENT Unit of participation: the family Purpose-built centre Social activities and exercise Run by local people for local people 1 Shilling a week Scientific observations Pre-NHS - no free GP appointments
  5. 5. 60+YEARS LATER A National Health Service but under strain A ‘perfect storm’ of pressures? Different health challenges to 1930s and 40s Ageing population and related illnesses Wicked problems? A different social context Peckham: the family as unit of membership Opportunities?
  6. 6. FROM PECKHAMTO HALESWORTH Total population 9,156 people 2 Main age groups, 45-64 and 65+ Halesworth is a hub for villages nearby Furthest away town from a hospital Nearest gym is 9 miles away
  7. 7. OUR RESEARCH Used methodologies and approaches to analyse sociotechnical systems Understand complexity of situation Don’t jump to conclusions too early How could you take this forward No definite solutions (sorry!)
  8. 8. RICH PICTURE
  9. 9. Halesworth+and+Blythe+Valley+ Partnership+ Gym+is+ too+far+ away+ Will+people+ become+too+ anxious+about+ their+health?+!+ overcrowding?+ We+are+ healthy+ and+young+ Stronger+ community+ =+less+crime+ Will+I+lose+ customers?+ Let’s+improve+ Halesworth+ health+by+ replicaDng+ Peckham+ Healthy+kids,+ healthy+ minds,+good+ students+ Customers?+ Employees?+ Want+to+ stay+ healthy+ Why+is+ Peckham+ relevant+ today?+ I+want+my+ family+to+be+ healthy+ Importance+ of+the+ ‘physician’s+ eye’+ We’re+ already+ using+ tech+ Want+more+ people+to+ aJend+ events+ Wish+to+sell+ more+local+ produce+ We’re+keen+to+see+ selfKorganising+ community+health+ iniDaDves+ The+Cut,+library,+ church+etc.+ ExisDng+ acDviDes…+ U3A+ ExisDng+ structure+ 9+miles+away+ Local+council+ Any+ cost+to+ us?+ CCG+ Data+ privacy?+ Quality?+
  10. 10. AN APPROACH EMERGES “A system to empower inhabitants of Halesworth to organise community events.” Transformation: inhabitants of Halesworth have the knowledge and support to organise and participate in community events THEMSELVES
  11. 11. WHAT WOULD NEEDTO HAPPEN? It would need to be an easy to use system: inclusive and accessible to all A model of support would need to be created It would need to be financially supported It would need to provide access to facilities and services
  12. 12. A KEY PECKHAM IDEAL: SELF-ORGANISATION “The initiation of clubs or groups or the pursuit of any adult activity is in the hands of the members themselves.” “All activities should as far as possible be continuously available to the unskilled as to skilled; to the shy as to the bold.” Pearse, I. and Crocker L. (1943). The Peckham Experiment: a study in the living structure of society. London:Allen and Unwin
  13. 13. WHY SOCIAL EVENTS? “There’s a clear association between physical activity, socialising and wellbeing.” Dr Jane Moore, director of public health for Coventry City Council
  14. 14. HEALTH PROMOTION: NEW APPROACHES “I need to do something different. I need to think outside the box.” “We’re building on activities not seen as health … but enable people to have a better quality of life.” Dr Jane Moore, director of public health, Coventry City Council
  15. 15. PHYSICAL ACTIVITYTHAT ‘JUST HAPPENS’
  16. 16. BACKTO PECKHAM Social activity was an important component of the Peckham Experiment
  17. 17. HOW COULDTECHNOLOGY HELP? Local social network Facilities booking system Activity monitors (like fitbits)
  18. 18. WHAT WE NEEDTO KNOW ... Events in Halesworth Venues: booking? Who currently organises? What events do people want? Would residents pay for events?
  19. 19. CHALLENGES Promotion Finance Participation
  20. 20. THANKS,AND OVERTOYOU… How could you see this approach working in Halesworth?

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