I need some help from ChangingAging readers to put together a list of the most dynamic, leading-edge thought leaders across the spectrum of aging services. Who are the most amazing speakers you’ve seen at recent conferences? What are the most innovative ideas you’ve heard about lately?
Please share your suggestions either in the comments section or email me directly at Editor@ChangingAging.org. Don’t be shy — if YOU are a dynamic thinker and speaker send us examples of your work.
In particular, Bill Thomas and I have been talking about the need to build more synergy between the culture change movement and the broader field of aging services. We think there’s great potential to amplify voices and ideas coming out of culture change and person-centered movements and in turn introduce new ideas from outside our circles.
We were recently discussing this and thought how great it would be if there was a TED-like conference focused exclusively on aging, and in particular, person-centered approaches to aging and aging services. TED events have proven to be powerful forces in disseminating and promoting new ideas.
A great place to beging a talent search for “TED-worthy” ideas is right here at ChangingAging. I know many readers participate in aging services conferences and are exposed to many great speakers and thinkers. You can be our eyes and ears.
Let me know what you think. Definitely send videos and stories of potential thought leaders and I’ll reach out to solicit guest-blog posts.
For example, my first recommendation to Bill was Teepa Snow, an extraordinary speaker and expert on dementia care. I had the privilege to livestream broadcast Teepa’s keynote address at the 2012 Green House Project Annual Meeting. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean: