“… a proven stimulus of innovation —  the meeting of unlike minds.”
Thomas Stewart, 2001

The Good Summit

Unlike Minds has a longstanding relationship with the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS). Last year David Dickinson was asked to speak for them at The Good Summit, an annual conference held in the autumn at Trinity College Dublin. There’s a copy of the transcript of that 2018 presentation here.

This year WHIS CEO (and Unlike Mind) Gareth Presch has asked David to chair the health stream of the conference and he’s taken the opportunity to bring to Ireland Unlike Minds Dr Amir Hannan and Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins, both exceptional presenters, to showcase their innovative and inspiring work (a shout out to friends at IT services company X-tention for covering the expenses for that).

The Format

David speaking about engaging with the UN Strategic Development Goals at the Good Summit, Dublin 2018

The day starts with an impressive line up of keynote speakers, then at mid morning splits into the three streams. For the health stream the focus is on the increasing importance of information and meaning-making for guided self-care and well-being. The speakers will present their ideas for fifteen minutes or so and will then be joined by a panel of three experts to respond to questions from the audience managed by David in the Chair. All being well we will be recording and live-streaming the event, with a Twitter back-channel to encourage questions from outside the conference, especially from WHIS partners around the world.


Dr Amir Hannan    (Unlike Minds)
The Partnership of Trust

Dr Amir Hannan is Chair of the World Health Innovation Summit and a renowned innovator in strategies that empower patients to participate in their own healthcare. Through his work as a GP in a busy inner city practice he has demonstrated the proven return on investment when people are empowered by the medical profession to take more control of their health and well-being. Amir refers to his approach to general practice as establishing and maintaining a “partnership of trust”.

Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh   
Inclusion Health

That “partnership of trust” is also key to Clíona’s Inclusion Health programme. As an associate professor at Trinity College Dublin, and a consulting physician, she provides innovative healthcare services for the people in Dublin who fall outside the system: often homeless with a history drug use, sometimes presenting with multiple chronic physical and mental problems. Cliona’s programme continues to demonstrate a return on investment, significantly reducing the disproportionate demand these patients would otherwise make on her hospital’s resources.

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins    (Unlike Minds)
Neuroscience-informed self-care and learning

Healthcare, well-being and learning go hand in hand. Rebecca’s post-doctoral research into the relationship between neuroscience, learning and teaching has led to some impressive breakthrough results in schools. She will share how children, given an understanding of how their brains function, working with  teachers committed to teaching differently, learn more effectively and more efficiently. She will also share how she has recently broadened her research to parenting informed by neuroscience.

Sean Hawkshaw     CEO KBI Global Investments
Investing in self-care innovation

But these innovations and their potential returns are outside the funding framework of traditional healthcare provision which is already under resourced to undertake its given role, and we must look to other forms of investment to pilot them.  So our fourth speaker is Sean Hawkshaw, CEO of KBI Global Investments in Ireland, a big supporter of the UN Strategic Development Goals. He sits on the Irish Investment Board and is keen to explore financial innovations such as the role of social impact investing.