Super Melting Pot
Join this exciting two day event focusing on what we can learn by combining different insights from inside and outside health.
Join us for a better conversation: bringing together different people from across health and beyond, seeing how the world looks from outside healthcare, and adding fresh perspectives to stale debates.
We’ll start at midday on Thursday 16 January at the China Exchange and finish at 3pm on Friday 17 January at the London Stadium.
Thursday 16 January
- 12:00-14:00. We begin at the China Exchange in ChinaTown with 10 simultaneous Melting Pot Lunches. Each lunch will based around different ways to answer the question ‘what do we not talk nearly enough about?’ Expect discussion of ignorance, joy, shame, and beyond.
- 14:00-18:00. We then scatter across London to visit a diverse mix of organisations we want to learn from, and understand what dominates their thinking. Visits will include the British Museum to talk diversity in Roman Britain, HM Prison ISIS to talk young offending and rehabilitation, Google to talk data, the National Audit Office to talk about what the perfect government programme would look like, the House of St Barnabas to talk about how a homeless charity ended up running a private members club, the Common Room to talk about purpose in life, Babylon to talk tech, and more.
- 18:00-21:00. We come back together 350ft up at the top of the Orbit in the Olympic Park. We’ll be having dinner to share and make sense of what we’ve seen and heard. We’ll also be joined by one of Britain’s best loved writers, Michael Rosen, to give a poet’s perspective on the NHS. There’s also a very fast slide (non-mandatory).
Friday 17 January
- 09:00-15:00. we’re at the London Stadium, home of the 2012 Olympics. We’ll start with discussions led by a range of fantastic health organisations about the questions they’d most like answering in the future. We’ll then hear from former professional footballer Clarke Carlisle and his wife Carrie Carlisle, about mental health, sport, and how to talk about taboo in inhospitable environments. We’ll finish by discussing how we can use everything we’ve learnt when we return to our desks on Monday morning.
- 15:00-15:30. If you haven’t had your Super Melting Pot fill, you can finish with a tour around the Stadium.
As you might have guessed, our focus will be on what we can learn from combining different insights inside and out of health. In doing so, we want to spark the largest number of new ideas and different connections ever seen at anything even vaguely masquerading as a health conference.