How to Slay the Five Giants

How to Slay the Five Giants

In our first story we looked at how the five “giant evils” of want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness are back, albeit in a modern guise.

Who are the Five Giants?
It’s been 81 years since the Beveridge Report in Britain laid the foundation for the modern welfare state. It aimed to eradicate the five “giant evils” of want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness. It also aimed to increase the competitiveness of British industry by producing healthier, wealthi…

How then do we slay the giants in our connected and technological age?

We have a simple idea that we think can help.

That idea? That personalised care and early intervention could slay the five giants.

The idea: Individual funding is the key to personalised care and early intervention. Why? Because organising money around people is the best way of organising support around people. Individual funding enables personalised support and early intervention because it allows people to act in their own interests, with some spending discretion.

We say this, not to be absolutely sure of ourselves, but to test our assumptions.

To do this we proposed following the five giants, examining each in turn.

Firstly, it should be said the idea and benefits of early intervention are well know.

The logic is simple and well understood;

The logic: When people can afford care, they get help sooner, and as a result are healthier, happier and participate more in work and in life. Getting help sooner also saves people, government and insurers because it prevents admission to more expensive models of care.

Although the idea of early intervention has been around for a long time, achieving it consistently remains elusive.

A useful counterpoint is the NDIS, where we see individual funding, early intervention and personalised care.

We plan to return to the NDIS in future to examine this arrangement.

More broadly, each of the five giants needs to be considered on its own merits.

We will not seek to be advocates per-say, rather to lay the ground work for those making decisions.

In some cases this might mean using our imaginations.

A 'what if' approach describing our ideal of individual funding, personalised care and early intervention.

In other cases predictive technologies may be able to assist.

In either case, to be relevant we need to be practical, either for those making policy decisions or those on the front line of service delivery.

In this regard understanding the context in which these decisions take place is crucial.

For example, context for government might mean understanding fiscal constraints, meaning simply asking for more money is unlikely to help.

As Beveridge thought, slaying the five giants would play a role in society broadly, helping individuals but also the economy.

Could the same logic be applied today, in our modern world where technology connects the individual and the whole?

Do we have the tools already at our fingertips and do we have working examples that could be applied more broadly?

These are the questions we seek to answer. Stay tuned for updates.

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