The month of June was an eventful one for the UK; where our sense of security came under question from terrorism and tragedies, to who we want to be as a nation through the choices we made at the ballot box. All the while, celebrations of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and World Pride have only shown the onus we all have to be true to ourselves and celebrate our identities. It is then no surprise that security, identity and choice are major themes in health and healthcare.
Today, 5/5, Writing the Future, the world’s largest health science fiction prize is go. We’re just a little bit excited.
Kaleidoscope’s founder, Richard Taunt, first introduced me to Writing the Future 8 months ago during early conversations which led to me joining Kaleidoscope.
At the time, I was seeking a new job and readying myself to enter the NHS - complete with its vast budgetary challenges and looming winter pressures. Against this backdrop I was awestruck to think about what the world could be like in 80 years time.
Being asked to consider change from a wider frame is not something we’re often asked, or reflect on. In the 1930s hunger killed far more in the UK than obesity; we didn’t have antibiotics, let alone antibiotic resistance. Looking to 2100, the only certainty is that our descendants will be grappling with challenges we can barely imagine today.