Ever Increasing Circles #17 #cong19

Synopsis:

Community means many things to many people. It can be the catalyst of change, the spurring of motivation or the detriment to a society depending on the perspective. Overall community is ever evolving, its participation is crucial. Community is about bringing people together with common interests and shared values to achieve similar goals. Inclusion and engagement ensures everyone involved has a voice if they want to express themselves. It all takes time and it is vital that you choose your communities wisely.

4 Key Takeaways:

  1. Community is ever evolving.
  2. Community is about bringing people together with common interests and shared values to achieve similar goals.
  3. You get out what you put in.
  4. It is ok to step away from time to time to re-evaluate your own needs.

About Gillian Berry:

Gillian Berry is a qualified Nurse Specialist. Recent roles have been in Education, Practice Development Facilitation and Project Management. She is driven by Quality, Patient Safety and Person Centred Care. Currently, she is embarking on pastures new, in healthcare innovation.

Contacting Gillian Berry:

You can connect with Gillian on Twitter or LinkedIn or send her an email.

By Gillian Berry.

Community means many things to many people. It can be the catalyst for change, the spurring of motivation or the detriment to a society depending on the perspective. Overall community is ever evolving, its participation is crucial, like a good stew you get out what put in. So why has the sense of community changed. Like time it evolves. Have we gone from a face to face community into the virtual realms in this digital age?
As I mature at rapid speed I look back to see what community means to me. Growing up community to me was an important fact of life. You belonged, took part and a great sense of volunteerism and commitment. My parents were community people; they were involved with the local town hall, activities and events. Other thoughts on community spring to mind were the yearly ‘Stations’, which were the neighbourhood mass, now a thing of the past.
Rolling on, I feel my sense of community was lost for a few years when I was living in Dublin. I reflect now Dublin wasn’t the problem. It was the lack of common ground, or time for each other as we rushed through life. In our Cul de Sac, our address was all we shared or so I thought. Having children was our new common denominator. This got us all out to the street and got us to know each other. With children or shall I say time for acknowledging each other, brought values and traits to the next level. A community was born.
Now my sense of community is about bringing people together with common interests and shared values to achieve similar goals. Inclusion and engagement is vital to ensure everyone involved has a voice. It all takes time and it is vital that the time is utilised wisely.
I am proudly a member of many communities, my fitness and yoga community has a shared care approach. We look out for each other and spur us to be our best selves both physically and through social media groups. In my venture into innovation there are many communities I cherish. We have created peer support groups celebrating our milestones and advice each other when needed. Congregation too has a true community spirit in a gathering of minds. We share a sense of creation, innovation and positivity.
From the near to further afield, I am involved with European and Global communities. It is all about the shared vision. “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Wheatley
Regarding the virtual world, it is easy to be distracted by many virtual communities. The virtual supports work well for me as a power tool when I have already met the people. Some I have not met however when I have a true belief in their mission or values I will support all the way. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Meade
I am not saying this cannot be achieved virtually, human connection can be achieved with the empathy of words and kindness a community can bring. We must also highlight there can be false connections so trust is vital. An example of where a community can have a negative effect was the Twitter anti- vaccination campaign. Everyone is free to express their opinions however false information is dangerous.
So to answer my first question; Have we gone from a face to face community into the virtual community in this digital age? I say we haven’t gone there yet, we have a balance of both. Hand in hand they can work together. For the next generation, virtual could well be the reality of communities.
With the constant demands of invitations to join communities both physically and virtual, It is ok to step away from time to time to re-evaluate your own needs. My parting question; is it better to be part of a few strong communities than be diluted in many? It’s up to each of us to decide.

Necessity is the mother of invention- A 360 reflection #52 #cong18

Synopsis:

Translating ideas into meaningful contributions is a challenge worth taking. Ideas are about people and meeting their unmet needs. It is about the feelings or experiences that are created. It’s the human connection and the positive outcomes that a really good product or service can bring.

4 Key Takeaways:

  1. Self belief is fundamental: You do not need permission
  2. To thyself be true: Self nurture the mind and body
  3. Think outside the box and break free from constraints
  4. Be prepared to get back into the box to facilitate the process

About Gillian Berry:

Gillian Berry 24 Years clinical experience in the acute medical, coronary care and infection prevention and control.  Recent roles have been in Education, Practice Development Facilitation and Project Management.  Strong background in Quality, Patient Safety and Healthcare innovation.

Contacting Gillian Berry:

You can follow Gillian on Twitter, connect with her on LinkedIn or send her an email.

By Gillian Berry

Ideas flow easily, however it’s the ability to translate them into meaningful contributions that is a challenge for many. Personally, I cannot sit in a doctor’s surgery without having a total recall of how it could be improved. Thus ensuring work flow and meeting quality and patient safety. It’s in my nature and my skill set gained through continuous education.

My life is surrounded by my Ideas that I have brought to reality. They are not to be found elsewhere. Where there was voids in my house lays bespoke contributions. When a friends business was in difficulty, I put my thinking cap and gave risk adverse solutions. I have placed my stamp in many healthcare facilities through innovative solutions, technical assessments or a new process here and there. I have used my creative edge in conference organisation and I became the go to for poster presentations.

I have had many ideas submitted and validated through Ireland’s Health Innovation Hub. So what was stopping me? Was it the safety net of my job? Or did I not have self belief?

I have been a carer since my teenage years. My last 23 years, my total adult life I have dedicated to the Irish health service. Putting others first can often lead to reduced self care and compassion. The catalyst for me to take perspective was the untimely death of my mother. In one blink of an eye she was removed from the world as I knew it. As a mother myself, I knew it was time to put my priorities straight and make time for self care, self reflection and growth.

Now I have removed myself from the constraints I was accustomed to in my work. My mind free, ideas bouncing, I am able to refine and deliver. Exercise, Yoga and meditation are my new joys. “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Jung

My ideas define the unmet need and understand the real pain people have. You see, Ideas are about people, there about the feelings or experience they will bring. It is about empowering the user through human factor co-design. It’s about the overall impact it will have on society. It’s the human connection that is created. The prize is the positive outcomes that a really good product or service can bring.

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” Jung.

Using a combination of validated evidence and I throw in a flare of new for the disruptive. The question often asked: Why hasn’t this been done already?

The next stage includes pitching to get traction, whether it is for an accelerator or investment. Pitch perfect, doesn’t always mean success. You learn from each activity redefine and refine. The process is an art, the strokes not so natural. It’s vital to stay positive “Positivity is the greens of your crop, negativity is the weeds in your garden,” Machado

Surprising as it may seem, in order to make the idea a reality be prepared to get back in the box. Make sure that box is big enough for you to breath and stretch. I have learned there is a process you have to take; it’s all about risk adversity.

There are two kinds of people: Those who say, “I will believe it when I see it.” And those who say, “To see it, I know I must believe it.” Which kind are you? What if we had the freedom to take that calculated risk and stop ourselves from waiting for permission … I believe great things will happen.