We thought compassion would flourish in healthcare when a growing number of organisations made a commitment to that human value, including health care providers, medical schools, insurers, regulators and professional associations. While we began to build a movement among networks of individual health workers, the organisational setting was the focus of our strategy.
But maybe we were wrong?
Our most promising project to date is an ambitious attempt to rehumanise healthcare (and education) across an entire city. Maybe community is the more natural frame for our work?
In Louisville, Kentucky, in the USA, we’re using the setting of a compassionate city to catalyse a diverse coalition of organisations committed to compassionate healthcare: we have senior leadership support from competing health providers, insurance companies, non-profit groups, community and professional associations, universities, and even the Mayor’s office.
And to fund the work we’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign. While the major organisations will help fund our work, their donations are in support of the community-led project, not payment of a consulting fee.
To learn more about this innovative approach, view the video on our Indiegogo campaign page or read this blog: “Compassion cannot flourish when healthcare is a commodity”
And if you think this idea could work, please consider donating to our time-limited crowdfunding campaign. In thirty days we’ll know if our strategy has wings!