In the video below, I tell how #whatifhc began and talk a bit about why Twitter was a good place for the dream-sharing to start:
Paul Costello framed the #whatifhc panel as an opportunity to “paint a portrait of the world we want in health care.” The conversation took off in fascinating directions among Regina Holliday, Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, David van Sickle, Michael Seid, and Stephen Friend MD, PhD.
For more insights shared during the session, check out the Storify created by the Intakeme team.
Also, you might find it useful to look at the Wordles of all the words and other hashtags associated with #whatifhc, created by Catherine Rose.
Here’s where I need your help:
A few people have asked me why I think #whatifhc took off like it did, with hundreds of people participating from all over the world. I came up with the following, but would love to hear from other people about what you think:
1) Ease of participation (relatively — if you are on Twitter, you can get it on it).
2) Open, welcoming community (lots of RTing, inclusion on the Storify).
3) Short hashtag, easily understood (once explained, people get it right away).
4) Forced brevity for expressing an idea (a tweet requires people to boil something down to its essence, like a line of poetry).
5) Implied optimism (“What if…?” asks for dreams. Frustrations and anger come too, but I think the positive spin helped get it off the ground).
6) No “owner” (my metaphor is that I’m the manager of a community garden of ideas. I think it helped spread the idea to more communities since it wasn’t owned or officially sponsored by #hcsm or #s4pm or anyone else).
What do you think? Why did #whatifhc work so well and roll on for so long? What do you think should happen next? If you want to help out, a small team is forming — you are welcome to join us!