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Date:  September 19-20, 2022

Platform: Virtual

Organiser: World Health Organisation (WHO) Mongolia

Activity: Workshop series using causal layered analysis to develop new narrative for health in the region, moving from narratives that were preventing change to narratives that could enlist leaders in creating new futures for the region

Leader: Professor Sohail Inayatullah (UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, IIUM)

Excerpt: From Professor Sohail Inayatullah’s Facebook Post

The best part of doing futures/CLA work is how much one can learn. We had a two-day workshop with WHO in Mongolia. Most fascinating were their metaphors of life, health, and personal futures. Some of the most intriguing ones were – from golden fish (centre of attention but too much work) to bamboo (flexible and ease); like a monkey (too many interests) to the beach (calm), and Steppe girl (relaxed but procrastinates) to city girl (able to function in a hospital) and finally becoming like Genghis Khan. “Build yourself, then Make your home, Find your empire i.e. a step-by-step approach to optimization without any shortcuts.

The external CLA work was equally satisfying with a great discussion on the role of the granny i.e. right for the Steppe health but how to integrate her in the modern system. The overall story was healthy citizen, healthy nation. The groups focused on food, alcohol, and environment had great narratives as well. I like the one: don’t make your mouth a garbage can (junk food) and traffic jams (driver is king to one for all, all for one).

Health policy, particularly the communication of health goals has to be done within not just the linguistic framework of the local population but their stories of health.

Post Author: idayu

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