Super Melting Pot: creating a better conversation
At Super Melting Pot, we're bringing together different people from across health and beyond, seeing how the world looks from outside healthcare, and adding fresh perspectives to stale debates. Oh, and collectively working out what that means to our day jobs, which don't seem to be getting much easier.
What’s happening when?
We’ll start at midday on Thursday 16 January and finish at 3pm on Friday 17 January. In between we will:
- Start in Chinatown at the China Exchange with 15 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.
- 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, 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.
- We come back together for dinner and to share and make sense of what we’ve seen and heard. We’ll be 350ft up at the top of the Orbit in the Olympic Park. There’s a slide (non-mandatory).
- On Friday, we’re at the Olympic Stadium, home of the 2012 Olympics, to talk about questions we want answering in the future, what health looks like from outside, and how we can use everything we’ve learnt when we return to our desks on Monday morning. If you want to pop round the Stadium, you can do that too.
And that’s not all. Watch out for further updates about speakers, further organisations and more coming soon.
What are we going to talk about?
Our focus is 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.
Who’s it for?
If you’ve ever sat at the back of an auditorium gnawing your fingers in frustration at what’s not being said, or bored to tears by today’s talks sounding suspiciously the same as last year’s; if you’ve ever wanted the chance to leave an event having created something new, or with a completely new insight to apply to an old problem; if you want a space to be challenging and challenged alike, or to connect with people you didn’t even know existed; we’d love to have you there.
You’ll meet people like you: curious, committed to making a difference, not afraid of attending events run by an organisation with an unspellable name. But also people completely unlike you: different backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. We don’t want everyone to agree.