To kick off the scenario development on the future of care, eleven experts from the environment of care service providers, care associations, representatives of relatives and care insurance gathered on the premises of the old Leihamt loft in Berlin on October 19, 2016. The goal of this full-day workshop, led by Dr. Johannes Gabriel (Foresight Intelligence), was to identify the key factors that will significantly influence the future of care as well as the importance of new technologies and human-technology interaction in care.

The definition of a total of 12 key factors was achieved through lively discussions among the experts, who were quickly able to contribute their technical expertise to the scenario method, which had been little known until then.

In a further step, projections – i.e. conceivable and plausible further developments – were developed for each key factor up to the year 2025. Following the first expert workshop, these interim results will now be systematized and processed by the project team for further work in a second expert workshop in February 2017.

The workshop participants showed great interest in the scenario work and will continue to support the project. The project leader, Prof. Dr. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler (Philosophical-Theological University of Vallendar), and Dr. Johannes Gabriel in the leading moderation were very satisfied with the results of the first workshop session: “The experts bring highly differentiated perspectives and ideas to the discussion. There is a clear desire to think intensively about the future of care and to base this on a solid methodological foundation. We look forward to the next steps in the process of scenario development for the future of care!” emphasized Prof. Dr. Hülsken-Giesler after the workshop day.

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