Four For Friday | March 24, 2023
LF33 | World Bank’s LTC framework, mobility systems change in Switzerland, place-based impact investing in UK and David Sinclair’s supplements regime.
Welcome to a Looking Forward’s Four For Friday. Four things that have piqued my interest this week relating to Web3, healthy longevity and / or impact. Enjoy!
The World Bank on transforming long term care
A project at The World Bank, funded by a Japanese government agency, has a new book coming out, which includes this rather neat systems change framework, FIRE.
Not to be confused with the health industry’s FHIR, this is a ‘people-centerd systems change framework’ (love it already). It proposes four ‘supply side’ levers for policy makers: Financing, Innovation, Regulation and Evaluation, which interact with the ‘demand side’ of evolving needs, driven by changing health needs, values, demographics and existing infrastructure.
At the heart of the model is an expanded role for Primary Health (i.e. proactive population health prevention rather than relying on ER visits), integrated with community care, secondary/tertiary and long-term care. Would like to see this move from theory to practical examples - that’s the topic of their next Report.
Systems investing template: mobility in Switzerland
Here’s an overview of a holistic systems change ‘prototype’ (published last year), which describes a systemic way to deliver transformational change of the Swiss mobility system - accelerating the update of electric cars through an integrated approach combining incentives, policy, regulations and private sector innovations.
Its strategy is a concise summary of systems investing: “To map the Swiss mobility system and identify investable transformation levers. Those levers, targeted by a strategic portfolio of multi-asset class investments and nested within a broader system intervention approach, are to unlock combinatorial effects and trigger a net-zero mobility transition in a financially viable and impact-generating way. This mapping includes non-investable levers such as regulation and policy developments’.
Place-based Impact Investing Prototypes in the UK
UK impact-focused innovation consultancy, The Good Economy (TGE), is developing a new practice around ‘Place Based Impact Investing’ (PBII). Place-based approaches are holistic, multi-stakeholder efforts, generally involving local buy-in. They lend themselves to real world demonstrators; TGE is building these ‘PBII Labs’ in Scotland (adventure tourism regeneration), Manchester (social housing), Bath (affordable housing) and South Essex (net zero housing) and holding workshops in each place. Look for a report coming of their conclusions coming shortly.
A critical look at David Sinclair’s longevity supplements
For those of you, like me, who are interested in putting longevity and healthy aging strategies into good use, this critical assessment of Harvard longevity guru David Sinclair’s supplements routine is quite revealing. I’m yet to dive into the relative merits of the different supplements, and generally have a fairly sceptical view of most supplement sellers (I don’t know much about the reviewer, Novos) but these comments seem thoughtful. Are my readers interested in more longevity hacking content I wonder?
That’s all for this week. As always, feedback welcome. Feel free to share insights or links of interest.
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