iCAREweCARE, is about Youth taking responsibility.

More and more the different approach our youth is taking on social aspect is starting point for ventures or movements. It seems to me that they not only are more involved on issues on the social level like environment, disease, politics and human right, but also the actually are taking steps to create a better world.
In this they tend more than we have ever seen to collaborate on a different perspective, and more on a Global level, both on the content as on the tools they use for it. Not only do they have more information than ever in history, they process it in a completely different way and use it in giving meaning to their life. They want to have a cause and give their life meaning.

Sure, Social Networks haven’t been here for more then 10 years, but it gives some extra perspectives and possibilities to these “kids” that come in very handy since they are very much aware of the globalization of our society. Diseases often don’t stop at “virtual” borders, and over the last months we have seen that violence, and democratization in one country easily ignited the same in neighbored counties.

One of these examples of students taking responsibility is Priyanka Jain.


I met here during the Executive Program FutureMed at Singularity University last May where I attended as faculty, and she attended as Student ambassador. I was almost instantaneously caught by her great vision, roadmap to change, drive and pasion to change the world. 

Age 17, but looking to the things she has already accomplished she could have been double in age.  first high school chapter of Circle of Women; she was invited to speak on the iEARN global conference and was she the youngest invitee to the 2010 Global Women’s Forum for Society and the Economy held in Deuville, France just to name a few. Centermark of all of her these steps were : start a global conversation on the issues that you care about.

And that is exáctly what she did again, with her latest achievement. Friday May 20th she started a non-profit startup iCAREweCARE to support the global conversation amongst students worldwide by setting up a on-line community that not only supports the connecting between students that feel a like on a subject, but also connects (local) groups, organization and NGO’s to them. Also one can see what their friends care about and what they are doing with it.

One can support, inform or join actual to volunteer on issues like poverty, environment, disease, children’s rights to only name a few.

Her Father Naveen Jain mailed me : “She did such a great job of inspiring hundreds of high school girls to become active in their communities. As you can imagine, I am so proud of her that she is taking a leadership role in making our world a better place.

For more information on this student-run non-profit community with a cause may, in these articles in Fast Company, PR NewsWire or Forbes.

These kind of developments makes me wonder what the implication for healthcare will be ones theses “kids” are coming into position to take their position as future leaders in for instance healthcare. They KNOW that collaboration is more powerful that the most common way of working apart, they SHARE information in a way that it is easily to be found,  the DEMAND to be informed about the options and choices they have or the WILL attend to somebody else that DOES.

Once they get to be Doctors i.e. have a look into Compassion for Care, launched at by Salmaan Sana at TEDxMaastricht (see more background on that in this post) nurses or even CEO’s of healthcare Institutions, nobody will discuss the need to share the data with patients, family and informal care. There will be no misunderstanding that choices to be made on my healthcare will be a shared decision making process, so patients can be “Captian of their own ship” as been heard  at TEDxMaastricht.

So youth is taking control; and i urge all of you to pass the message and encourage your own kids to be part of this movement.

I can’t wait ‘til future arrives 😉

How does it feel to set up a TEDx event ?

Few days ago, i got a e-mail of Daniel Kraft. 


My perspective and feeling : the minute the actual event starts it feels like giving birth, during the event it’s like seeing your kids grow up, at the closing it’s like giving your daughter away at her wedding. 

The discussions, buzz and movement that follow, but most of all when you see others embrace the vision behind the event is what i think i will feel looking to my grandchilderen once i get a Grandpa 😉


But all of it are completly different from what one expects “thinking” you know what if feels like. But the very moment your own child is been born, you know that this is in now way what you expected it to be 😉

What will healthcare look like in 2050 ? : Testimonials on Singularity University FutureMed

I am very thrilled to be Faculty at the FutureMed2011 midd May.

To discuss what the World will look like, given the facts that innovations technicals apparel and developments will grow exponentially, sounds great. I have many questions on what the impact of all that will have on patients, families and informal care. What steps have to be set for healthcare institutions and may be more importantly for healthcare professionals, will be one of the most important focusses in my part as faculty. What do we have to do NOW, to make it work THAN ?

As mentioned in a recent interview of the Fifth Conference and a overview article of them, we are on track, but in no way on course in my opinion. 

Our most recent conference : “The Future of Health” ; TEDxMaastricht showed once more that taking the patient seriously could make changes needed to meet the challenges we are facing. At Radboud University Medical Centre we stopped putting patient Central and started to embrace them in our (healthcare)team, steps being made in our Radboud REshape & Innovation Centre. But there is a lot to be done until we get to the point of the Empowered Patient. What the effects in short, midd and long term will be given the Singularity aspect is to be seen; facts of exponential growth and speed of options, and decrease of costs have to take be taken into account for everybody involved in healthcare. What was not possible yesterday, could be a realistic option by tomorrow. Let’s face it who of you had to operate a TELEX machine in the “old” days 😉 My kids looked at me with these really  eyes when i told them we “used to” look telephone-number is a book. And by the time people are telling you vinyl records are becoming “in” again, you not only know you are getting older. But one can also see proof of the high pace things come into our lives, to disappear from it rapidly then ever before, have a glance at the Extinction timeline.

So the connection to Singularity University at this point is great. Let’s see how this can help to bring worlds together, since that’s what i think the biggest challenge will be over the next years. Technics won’t be the problem in possibilities, but may be the speed they will be hitting the market and the time to adopt to it, will be.

Below  a short video with some testimonials of former participants of the Executive Program of Singularity University.
The upcoming track is all about Healthcare and Medicine.


iPad in gebruik voor communicatie na wegnemen stembanden Dhr. Gockel

Na een operatie waarbij de stembanden tgv keelkanker bij Dhr Gockel zijn weggenomen, gebruikt de Familie Gockel een iPad om onder elkaar te communiceren.

We mochten een kort interview houden met Dhr en Mevr Gockel hierover, en dit publiceren. Hierdoor kunnen wij deze mooie, eenvoudige en door de familie zelf toegepaste mogelijkheid, met jullie delen.