Fundamentally improving mental health and well-being outcomes require a portfolio of learning, research, experiments and strategic investments.
Our ongoing work combines research focused on understanding the systemic drivers of risk with learning being developed through prototyping and experiments. We are exploring new ideas and experiments across the field domains which impact mental health and thriving. We are in the process of compiling research and literature from all over the world, as well as building on the expertise of participants. Much of our research has been visualised through graphic ‘system maps’ we use to give a visual overview of our emerging findings. Both were developed during a series of MIND // SHIFT events, which started from “The Human(E) Revolution – The Great Transition”, which we organised together with Dark Matter Labs, RISE, Länsförsäkringar, Region Stockholm, Openlab and Viable Cities in Openlab’s Conference Center in March 2019. These systems maps and case studies are available here as open resources along with some of the emerging ideas, curation tools, and other methods we used in the process.
Our systems research at a glance
As we have been working with Dark Matter Labs, our systems research has explored progressive and regressive factors that contribute to or harm our shared mental well-being. We have also co-developed our thinking and action around how we would define and measure progress towards a region or city, fit for purpose in an era of human-machine collective intelligence, during the workshops by building shared missions and approaches to work on these challenges. Here we have learned three key areas.
Mental Health is a foundational crisis of 21st century economy and society, as Public Health was to the Industrial revolutions.
Just as our previous industrial revolutions reconfigured the Human, Machine & Environment relationship so too does our 4th Industrial transition.
As our 19th century industrial revolutions required us to reimagine the conditions of health and well-being by building sewers, clearing slums, schools and new public services, our 4th industrial transition – towards circular, decentralised, distributed, automated, AI-assisted, collective intelligence economies – will require us to reimagine the conditions for humans to thrive.
As our 19th century transition recognised ecological health and human thriving could not be addressed by treatment alone but required to remake the context and conditions for societal health, our 21st century will require us to go beyond treatment, to systemically embrace prevention and most importantly thriving – surpassing mental health and well-being perceived ubiquitously possible.
This transition will require a new approach to mental health.
- Recognition at a systemic level mental health and thriving is a system challenge and structural risk to viable transition, with no magic bullets.
- ACTION: Innovation investment will need to span and address both the designs & biases of our institutional economy, social and environmental context, the nature and structure of public services, our social relationships and remaking the nature of possible treatments, preventative interventions and thriving human development support at the level of the individual.
- Recognition that this is a complex challenge, constructed by a movement of actors and conditions with deep structural interdependency.
- ACTION: Requires a portfolio of experiments, working collaboratively as an open movement with shared learning, accountability and collective intelligence.
- Recognition of this structural challenge and that the transition can only be addressed in massive, open, participatory methods with and by citizens.
- ACTION: Embrace working out loud, open source, open documentation, citizen juries and work from the foundation of civic participatory plan.
We believe we need to build this transition together, a mindshift, a movement across and beyond Sweden.
We have been working slowing over 2019, to convene;
- Growing group of people across Sweden to lead and advance this change together.
- Developing the building blocks of a shared conversation.
- Documenting and compiling the brilliant research around the world.
- Building a series of system risk maps which define the transition.
- Building a sample portfolio of domains, & experiments necessary to drive the transition.
Here we share access to a folder full of open resources including systems maps, research, idea cards and design tools we’ve used in previous events.
- Wellbeing and Policy, Legatum Institute
- Five Ways to Well-being, New Economics Foundation
- Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project, The Government Office for Science
- Public mental health: Evidence, practice and commissioning, RSPH
- Recommendation of the Council on Integrated Mental Health, Skills and Work Policy, OECD
If you would like to share any thoughts or feedback on our systems research, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org