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The Courage to Hold Unconventional Opinions

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The Melting Pot

5 Rose Street

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The Courage to Hold Unconventional Opinions

Design a Way Through Complex Public Service Challenges using the Secret Ingredient, Simulation

This event is part of the Firestarter Festival 2020. It might be the only #fsf2020 event featuring computer simulation. Book early just in case.

We’ll show you models that decision-makers have actually used, then invite you to try out some more playful examples. If possible, please bring a laptop with you (wifi available at the venue). Failing that, could you bring a tablet? If you cannot bring a laptop or tablet, we hope that other participants might share access to theirs. The models are on the web and there is no need to download any software.

You will encounter computer simulations of complex ‘whole system’ challenges such as service design, commissioning, capacity & flow, and workforce planning.

We will outline how, through group model-building, we iterate towards a coherent, shared picture of how things work / what the problem is, with an emphasis on participation and learning.

Then we turn these pictures into working models which you can use to explore questions like:

  • What happens across the whole system if I change something here and how long will it be before it takes effect?

In service design or commissioning, many potential solutions are not easily prototyped, but they can be simulated. You cannot easily pilot a major reallocation of funds from one part of a system to another – you can only either do it or not do it. Nor can you experiment where there is a time-lag between changing something and its impact (in workforce planning, it takes many years to train a professional). Sometimes, you cannot just ‘try something’. But you CAN model it.

With a model, you can test your boldest plans in a safe place. The founder of our field (JW Forrester) held that testing the coherence of our thinking in that way should build in us

  • the courage to hold unconventional opinions.

In a complex system the devil is in the interconnections rather than the detail.

These interconnections form feedback loops, causing growth (e.g. spread of infection or population increase) and imposing limits (resulting in waiting lists or delayed discharges), dynamic processes which, if modelled and understood, can help us to design services that are future-proof / sustainable.

If you are grappling with complexity, this might help.

The workshop will be run by Symmetric Scenarios.

Read more about our approach to health and social care simulation here.

OPTIONAL EXTRA – STAY ON FOR OUR BOOK LAUNCH

Following the Fire Starter event, from 5.30, there will be a book launch of

The Dynamics of Care: Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care
by Eric Wolstenholme and Douglas McKelvie (Springer, 2019)

After refreshments, Eric and Douglas will introduce some material and models from the book, and copies will be on sale.

Those attending the Firestarter event are very welcome to stay on for this.


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