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Inspire project
Inspire project

Super Melting Pot: creating a better conversation

At Super Melting Pot, we brought together different people from across health and beyond, to see how the world looks from outside healthcare, and add fresh perspectives to stale debates. Oh, and collectively work out what that means to our day jobs, which don't seem to be getting much easier.

Our Super Melting Pot event focused on what we can learn from combining different insights inside and out of health. We wanted to spark the largest number of new ideas and different connections ever seen at anything even vaguely masquerading as a health conference.

Over two days we:

  • ran 15 simultaneous Melting Pot Lunches, each one based around different ways to answer the question ‘What do we not talk nearly enough about?’ Discussions covered ignorance, joy, shame, workplace civility, empathy, and the unacceptabilty of needing care
  • listened to Pinky Lilani on whether it was all just a waste of time
  • visited a diverse mix of organisations to learn from and understand what dominates their thinking. Visits included 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, and Babylon to talk tech.
  • shared and made sense of what we’d seen and heard at the top of the Orbit in the Olympic Park, where we also listened to a talk by Michael Rosen
  • joined with a number of health organisations to discuss the question they’d most like to answer by 2030
  • worked out how we can use everything we’ve learnt when we return to our jobs.

I can honestly say I have never attended anything so inspiring.

– Feedback on Super Melting Pot

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