January 14-16, 2021 | New York Hilton Midtown, NY

Hope Is a Verb: 50 Years in the Furrows for Integrative Health and Medicine

Feb 21 2020
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Ballroom East
John Weeks

Vaclav Havel, the Czech poet and revolutionary political leader, has famously argued that “hope is not the same as optimism” to explain how people can be activists despite compelling evidence of negative trends. Cited in Paul Loeb’s book The Impossible Will Take a Little While, Havel’s perspective has animated the work of 2020 Leadership Award recipient John Weeks in his 37 years as an organizer, chronicler, executive, columnist, and editor in the field of integrative health and medicine. In his presentation, Weeks will take participants on a tour through the 5 “eras” in the field’s evolution: the 1960s’ rambunctious birth of many of the cultural change movements later embedded in the integrative movement; the practitioner organizational efforts in the 1970s and 1980s: the “non-integrated integration” begin in the 1990s; interprofessional and multi-organizational collaborative engagements at the turn of the century; and present, remarkable signs of convergent leadership. Expanding interest among change agents inside the mainstream medical industry in value-based care, health and well-being, patient-centered care, non-pharmacologic approaches and whole health models are creating new opportunities for transformative influence. Weeks will explore eight key areas of challenge and opportunity for the field that – depending on the field’s engagement – will determine whether the field can create what futurist Clement Bezold calls “a preferred future.” Weeks believes – reflecting on Havel – that “hope is a verb.”

Track Name: IHS NY 2020
Session Date: Feb 21 2020 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
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