People-powered health – co-creating a new story of health
Keeping well is not just a personal responsibility but a community one as well. Our interconnectedness means our body and our health is not private property. Faced with an information explosion, we also need to collaborate to thrive.The author looks forward to a Commons Roadmap to Sustainable Health to parallel the NHS sustainable development routemap.
In a commons-based society, relationships and networks that sustain communities will be most highly valued, and users will not be separated from producers. Commons are based on an understanding that we all belong to the earth and not
that the earth belongs to us. As commoners we experience ourselves as stewards of the earth’s resources and treat each other accordingly. There is a recognition that knowledge that is owned and enclosed will die out. The open source movement recognises that knowledge increases, can be updated and made useful when shared freely and continually added to and improved.