by Mary Shafer
In this fourth installment of our month-long review of some of the best of our blog posts, we look back at an entry from a year ago, about the wisdom of crowds. This post examines the societal facet of Care.
In this original post, BANR founder Ted Wachtel shared his delight at discovering, in an article, evidence that healthcare professionals are beginning to create a positive new reality in their approach to their work.
As we’ve previously discussed, the Building A New Reality movement is based on the tenets of restorative practices (RP). The basic foundation of RP is that people are happier, more productive and cooperative, and more likely to make positive changes in behavior, when those in positions of authority do things with people, rather than to them or for them.
Ted reveals his findings from the article: that the subject, Dr. Janine Jagger, has changed from the traditional, top-down hierarchical view of medicine to that of a researcher who now prizes her subjects as their own “untapped well of significant clinical insights.”
She now embraces that concept to the point that she has created a foundation to support research into healthcare worker safety, guided by these beliefs.
It’s an eye-opening application of the acknowledgment of the wisdom of crowds, a tenet we at BANR embrace. We offer it as a proven effective alternative to current modes of decision-making that not only don’t work, but actually often impede progress on the very issues they purport to solve. We believe that acknowledging and implementing the wisdom of crowds through such applications as deliberative democracy would be a huge step toward building a new reality.
We think the original post is worth a second look, and that you’ll be glad you did.