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Sharing and caring in the health and welfare sector

  • Published 12/06/2014
"More sharing" was one of the many answers on how to make the Nordic region leading within innovative welfare solutions at the Innovative Nordic Health and Welfare Solutions Arena 2 in Malmö in May.


See photos from the Arena at the bottom of this page.


–  We have to give away what we have. If we have a nice strategy or a nice result we have to give it to each other and know that it will just multiply for everyone, was participant and panelist Kari Kværner's best advice after a long day at the Innovative Nordic Health and Welfare Solutions Arena 2 on 27 May.


More than 100 top-level actors within the Nordic health and welfare sector had gathered at High Court in sunny Malmö to discuss how the Nordic region can become world leading within innovative welfare solutions.


The Arena meeting was part of Nordic Innovation’s increased focus on health and welfare innovations through the Innovative Nordic Welfare Solutions lighthouse project, that runs from 2014 to 2017.


The goal of the day was threefold: Identifying the DNA for innovative Nordic solutions, map and prioritise strongholds to position the Nordics in a global market, and defining common Nordic activities to boost and promote the Nordics as world leading when it comes to innovative welfare solution.


No simple task, but the participants seemed to grab the bull by its horns and went at it with great enthusiasm and creativity.



Challenged and motivated

After an introduction by Eivind Lorentzen and Marcus Hellqvist of the Norwegian and Swedish Ministry of Trade and Industry respectively, OECD policy analyst Ian Forde, and co-owner and co-creator of world class restaurant Noma, Claus Meyer, took to the stage.


Forde praised the Nordic healthcare, but challenged the crowd by pointed out some issues.


– The primary and community care are asked to do more and with better value for money, but they are often flying blind. There is a lack of information about actual achievements because there is no reporting on them, said Forde among other things.


Meyer, introduced as a man who would be a disaster in the health and welfare sector due to his reputation of creating long waiting lines, gave a humorous speech on how the New Nordic Cuisine movement came about – with core values such as openness, democracy and long-term thinking – and how to learn from what they did.


– I think that our experience from creating a movement that produces changes you were not even capable of dreaming up is something that can be transferred from the food industry to other areas. You have to start with what unites you, said Meyer afterwards. 

This food for thought kick-started the first of two breakout session, where the participants split in two to identifying the Nordic DNA and strongholds respectively.






Getting closer to the goal

After lunch, there was a brief panel debate on five different national health and welfare projects, and if how and why they could have benefitted from being run in a Nordic context. Then it was time for the second breakout session, where seven inspirational talks were given before the participants formed smaller groups to discuss Nordic activities on test beds, business development, export, standardisation, E-health and needs-driven innovation.


Then former IDEO designer Rob Lister, now founder of Future Medical Solutions held a speech on designing innovation before it was time to call it quits.


It was a long day, but Nordic Innovation got a lot of input for the lighthouse project – taking us one step further the goal of making the Nordic region leading within innovative welfare solutions.







Watch a video summary of the day:



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