This week’s photograph was taken by Kristen Juel using her mobile device (hence the blurriness – original photo posted at Twitpic here) of myself and Margaret Laws, Director of Innovations for the Underserved Program for The California Healthcare Foundation, during one of the open space networking sessions at the Innovation Learning Network in person meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The topic of this session of open space networking was, of course, the walking meeting, which is a simple innovation that can transform everything from business conversations to clinical care (imagine a medical center equipped with a sound insulated walking track in its perimeter, to allow clinicians and patients to walk and talk about their daily lives).
These workstations, called Fitwork, are manufactured by Steelcase and allow users to walk at up to 2 miles per hour, while working on their computers or talking on the phone.
There are so few reasons not to have walking meetings, why not try one this week? I’ve compiled some of the evidence behind their benefits along with a handy guide to getting started.
- Photo Friday: Walking meeting tip – purses look great on men and walking saves lives
- Health Business Blog Podcast, Dr. Ted Eytan of Kaiser on health IT, walking meetings, innovation
- Engaging Patients/Consumers in Innovation : Blueprint Health IT Innovation Center Summit
- Starting a walking meeting revolution – Photos and story of a homemade walkstation.
- Innovation Learning Network Day 2: Another Massive Walking Meeting