Second workshop on the future of care on February 3 in Berlin

On 03.02.17, a second expert workshop on the development of future scenarios in care was held as part of the “Care of the Future” initiative. In the impressive seminar rooms of the Leihamt Loft in Berlin, a total of about 20 experts from the environment of care service providers, care associations, representatives of relatives and care insurance gathered to develop future images of care through a systematic scenario process. Under the moderation of Dr. Johannes Gabriel (Foresight Intelligence), the process quickly got underway to derive plausible projections for the future of care from the key factors for the development of care collected in the first workshop and to form initial raw scenarios. In a next step, these were checked for consistency by placing individual projections in meaningful relationships in order to prepare a variety of consistent overall pictures (scenarios).

As a result, three raw scenarios were developed, which are now being processed by the project team and prepared for discussion in a final expert workshop in May 2017.

Project leader Prof. Dr. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar) was very satisfied with the work process: “The work done so far holds out the prospect of highly interesting scenarios for the future of care, and we are very excited about the further development of the future scenarios by people in need of care, family caregivers, professional caregivers and other interested citizens as part of the Internet-based dialog process.”

First workshop on the future of care on 19. October in Berlin

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.