The first time I heard about thinking upstream, it was through a little story that we affectionately refer to as our ‘founding myth’. The story goes, you’re standing on the edge of a river, the story goes, and suddenly see a flailing, drowning child.
You dive in to rescue her, only to see another child, and then another, and another. You call others over to help you. As you pull child after child out of the river, someone finally asks, “Who keeps chucking these kids in the river?” and they head upstream to find out.
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.Read more
A healthy planet is an essential component of a healthy society, and many are now pointing to climate change as the greatest threat to human life and wellbeing. This Sunday, September 21, thousands of citizens from around the world will gather in New York City to bring attention to the global climate crisis, with thousands more joining them in satellite events across the globe.
1500 events have been registered for September 21 in over 130 countries. Will you join us in demanding upstream action to address climate change? The time to act is now.Read more
The world is not acting fast enough about climate change and now scared scientists are starting to tell their stories.
Photographer Nick Bowers invites us to look the truth in the eye through these portraits of climate scientists as they reveal their greatest fears about climate inaction. We know that our environment is a factor to our health, and that now is the time to act.Read more
Upstream thinking and upstream ideas rely on current, accurate, and relevant data. Increasing data and evidence around many of the social determinants that dictate lifelong health are encouraging, but organizations' abilities to maintain current data isn't a given.
Recently, the Childcare Resource an Research Unit that maintains current data, and releases regular reports, on the status of childcare and early childhood education in Canada is feeling the squeeze. They're turning to the public to help.Read more
Dr. Ryan Meili provides some insight into what has the biggest impact on our health outcomes. The answer may surprise you!
#UpstreamThinking is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.Read more
More than exercise or diet, income is the leading factor in determining our health, with poverty being the root cause of poor health for so many Canadians.
Enter: basic income. That is, a minimum income below which no Canadian would fall—an idea that could make an enormous difference to our collective, long-term well-being.
But beyond keeping us healthy, a minimum annual income could also revolutionize the way we look at our time, our relationships, and our work, truly challenging the idea of what's good for us.
Check out this interview with Michael Bohmeyer, a German 29-year old who decided to stop working and instead live off the $1300/month he gets from his tech startup. Bohmeyer might get you thinking-
"What would you spend your time doing if your basic needs were met?"Read more
Increasingly, we understand that social factors are better predictors of health than genetics, or lifestyle choices like diet and exercise. It may surprise you to hear that income is the leading social determinant of health in Canada.**
A Guaranteed Annual Income is one upstream idea that is getting a lot of attention these days. While not everyone agrees that a so-called "money for nothing" solution is the answer, it is one of few ideas that seriously addresses mounting income inequality and poverty in this country. Or, as the author of this Walrus article puts it, "It forces us to ask what we owe each other."
Health begins in the everyday spaces of our lives. Check out this great infographic from The Public Health Institute.
"A healthy, thriving workforce makes for a healthier business. Investing in health improves productivity and makes businesses stronger."
The end of neighbours: How our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health
Do you know your neighbors? Could you pick them out of a police line-up? As our urban landscapes shift and adapt to 21st century life (much of which is experienced online), researchers are seeing some startling health effects.Read more