Last night Mindings’ Stuart Arnott presented at a Social Media Week London event entitled “Death, Digital Demise, Community & Our Digital Legacy” – curated by James Norris, CEO & Founder of ‘afterlife’ social networking service DeadSocial.
DeadSocial is a free social media tool that allows people to create scheduled messages that are distributed across social networks after death. The service allows people to say their final goodbyes on their own terms and to extend their digital legacy using the social web.
The event aimed to explore society’s changing attitudes and behaviour in relation to end-of-life and mourning. It examined the role of social media in relation to end-of-life and how death and bereavement is being disrupted by technology.
Speakers at the event included:
- Jon Underwood, founder of Death Cafe, where people talk openly about death and loss in a non-judgmental setting over tea and cake.
- Dr Aaron Balick, a psychotherapist who explored death in today’s digital society referencing Freud’s work in relation to mourning, grief and time.
- Lawrence Darani, is a terminally ill adult philosopher & existentialist, discussing “what specifically is it about death that frightens us”?
- Jack Rooke, a resident artist at the Camden Roundhouse and ambassador for the male suicide prevention charity CALM, who dissembles death and grief through the spoken word.
At the end of the evening, appropriately, drinks and nibbles were supplied by a funeral director – London-based Levertons, who have served London since 1789.
Some comments from Twitter after the event…
Today Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staged “ThinkTech!” – an event to investigate and allow carers to get hands on with innovative technologies to inspire thinking around how technology can help improve the whole Trust eco-system. “ThinkTech!” is a quarterly technology showcase event, and for this event entitled “Sensory and Social Interaction” Mindings’ Stuart Arnott was invited along as one of the keynote speakers.
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a leading provider of health and social care services to 1.3 million people across Surrey and North East Hampshire. Their core purpose is to work with people and lead communities in improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing for a better life; through delivering excellent and responsive prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
Around a hundred attendees enjoyed the event, including clinical and medical staff, therapists, patient representatives and carers, as well as Trust senior staff.
Among the presenters and exhibitors were the team from Catalyst, demonstrating projects such as their CLASP autism social network tool; OculusVR demonstrating their virtual environments imaging headset; and the People and Places secure, moderated, social-networking website for people from vulnerable community groups.
In particular, there was a great deal of interest in the Mindings “virtual befriending” concept that Stuart has been developing with a number of care organisations (a blog post about this will follow soon!).
The event certainly showed that there is an appetite for innovation in health and social care, and David Sandy and his team deserve much thanks and congratulations for putting on a great event that allowed both large companies and small disruptive innovators to showcase their work.
Some comments from Twitter after the event…Read More
In the social care world, there’s a movement towards encouraging and empowering people and communities to care for themselves and each other. Personal care budgets – that allow service users to choose and pay for the services that best suit their needs – is one element of that. What is often found, though, is that local and community-based initiatives can be far better at “looking after their own” than the ‘block services’ that local authorities and health services deliver.
These locally-delivered services often access previously untapped skills, knowledge and experience from the community, resulting in services being delivered by enthusiastic, community-minded people. This sense of inclusion in their community can dramatically improve service user’s quality of life, health and wellbeing, and independence.
A community of people who interact, trust and look after each other has what is known as “social capital” – and this is more and more being seen as a hugely valuable resource in the delivery of social care.
Mindings, at its core is all about nurturing social connection:
- We help grandmothers see daily pictures of their grandchildren who live so far away and rarely visit.
- We help sons and daughters set up daily schedules and reminders to help their parents live independently.
- We help granddads be included in the social media loop, without having to learn how to use a computer.
- And, we’re working on a new concept “Virtual Befriending” in which we can gather a varied group of befrienders and help them share pictures and messages with people who have no family, friends or community – using Mindings as a digital social hub.
On the Disruptive Social Care Podcast that I present with social care advocate Shirley Ayres, our guest Dominic Campbell, founder of FutureGov, discusses austerity-led innovation, social capital and why he looks towards innovations like Mindings for interesting takes on social capital.