Writer | Researcher | Consultant

Community Health & Medical Information

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My work examines the realities of bridging the health sector and communities. It is fuelled by the insight that health care in high-income countries is increasingly unsustainable because clinical science and practice fail to appreciate how people and communities define their health.

As an independent writer and researcher, I fund my work through consulting and speaking. My consulting is not only in community health but also in medical information. I am a former medical editor and publisher, and also the former Physician Editor of TEDMED. I began my career at The BMJ.

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Latest Articles

The Need for Human Learning Systems

A conversation with Toby Lowe on his journey from baffled Chief Executive to a key figure in the movement to find more effective ways to work in complex social environments

The Politics of Measurement

How eliciting social definitions of value may make emerging partnerships between health care and CBOs more effective

The Challenge of Going Beyond the Usual Metrics

A conversation with Andrew Harrison of Revaluation and The Learning Studio on the promise and complexity of surfacing new types of value

The Social Determinants of Relationships

How other sectors are learning that the key to responding to social circumstances is deeper relationships with the citizens they serve

Being Overwhelmed by the Health Challenges in Rural America

How I struggle to get my urbanista head around the size of the challenge

Effective Housing Goes Beyond a Home

Paul Taylor, Innovation Coach at Bromford, a housing association in the UK, describes why building homes is not enough

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Upcoming talks

June 11 - Keynote

Maryland Hospital Association – Baltimore, MD

June 21 - Keynote

Healthier Here - Des Moines, WA

March 5 - Keynote

Bond Healthcare – West Coast, USA