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Welcome to the inaugural edition of my new blog. Wondering what the point is? Let’s see if I can articulate that…
Merriam-Webster defines convergence as “the act of converging.” Well, that’s not too helpful; what the heck does “converging” mean? Our friends at M-W reply: “to move toward one point and join together; to come together and meet; to meet or come together to form a crowd or group; to come together and have one interest, purpose, or goal.”
M-W defines emergence as “the act of becoming known or coming into view.”
Over the years I have regularly experienced a flow of information, thoughts, ideas, new and old research findings from many seemingly unrelated disciplines, shared insights from people’s personal experiences. People who know me well know I am a ceaseless seeker of this input as I am always hoping to learn more. I know you all experience this flow too. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s a bit more of an onslaught really, a fire hose rather than a more charming and manageable drinking fountain. (excuse me, hydration station!)
In the last three years, since I came to Healthy Gen, I have been blessed with an unusually rich and exciting fire hose of learning and perspectives.
What gets me really excited is that sensation of a pattern emerging from all that data input, a synchronicity, sometimes fully discernible and other times more a felt, intuitive sense just at the edge of my periphery. You know what I mean, I know you’ve had this feeling too. That feeling before the “aha!” It’s been happening to me a lot in the past couple of years in particular.
And if I work to create some space for that intuitive sensation to just float around and not be scared off by frenetic seeking activity or grasping too tightly, if I just be still long enough, often something really interesting emerges that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to access.
I think my own personal experience is mirroring that of our evolving field of health equity. So, convergence-emergence is my effort at starting a conversation with you about what is coming together organically along with what we want to intentionally bring together because we sense that what will emerge when we do is what we need to create enduring health equity.
We need a bigger conversation that is focused on health equity and draws from both the wisdom of the academy and scientific research and the equally valuable wisdom of lived experience. We need more people aware of and contributing to this conversation. In fact, to put it in American “movie speak” (an important cultural dialect), we need a bigger boat!
Will you join me in this conversation? Will you join me in helping us build a bigger boat? If you will, shout out at me @HealthyGenMel with #biggerboat4healthequity and let’s get it going!
I’ll leave you with the glorious and righteous words of young spoken word poet Sarah Kay to her future daughter that my teenage daughter, Emily, has recreated and hung up in our home as a daily boost:
If you haven’t already seen her TED talk, go watch it now and be prepared to cry in the best way possible. I guarantee that if you were wavering before, after that you’ll be all in to build a #biggerboat4healthequity!
Let’s get this party started!