Can a mobile app save lives? Yes it can.

Over the last year I have had the privilege of working with a fair amount of health organizations wishing to enter the digital realm. As a result, I have performed quite a bit of research and literature review on the applicability of social media engagement and mobile technology in the public health field. The opportunities are of course tremendous, and most of the risks can be effectively mitigated through education/training as numerous proactive health organizations have demonstrated to date.

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Seth on Education

Every once in a while I simply embed a single video as a blog post. It’s not because I’m lazy, but rather because I truly feel the video should get as much exposure as possible. This latest one is a TEDx speech delivered by one my favourite business/marketing authors and speakers, Seth Godin. The topic is Education, the title is “Stop Stealing Dreams”. In the video Seth challenges the traditional education system and asks a simple question: “What is education for?”. I find it builds nicely on the ideas set forth by Sir Ken Robinson in his 2006 “Schools Kill Creativity” speech, which I’m sure most of you have seen. Seth’s speech struck a particular chord with me since last week I became a father and will soon be making education related decisions for my own son.  In my opinion, there is no easy solution as the educational system (especially higher ed) is intertwined deeply in business and politics. That being said, I feel a massive revamp is already under way. Slowly but surely through efforts like the Khan Academy and MIT’s Open CourseWare project, things are changing. Even looking at the teaching styles and curriculum at local Montessori and/or private schools in my area , the latest research is starting to trickle down to the classroom. The real question is, when will this hit the public school system, which the vast majority of the population is exposed to?

Government Videos Wiki List Experiment

Last year I created a simple Google Spreadsheet (essentially a wiki list) for Canadian public servants to input their organization’s mobile website and/or app so that others could see who was doing what. I made this spreadsheet public, allowed anyone to edit, and housed it under the “mobilegovernment.ca” URL. Since that time, many government folks have let me know that thanks in part to this resource (and a subsequent presentation I put on SlideShare) , they were able to build a stronger case within their own department to address the rapidly evolving mobile space and content consumption habits of Canadians. I’m glad I could be of assistance. Continue reading “Government Videos Wiki List Experiment”