“There is no claim of a magic five realizations – only the recognition of the truth that emerges from reflecting, listening, having conversations and connecting to the experiences of others within our own lives.”–Professor Paul Batalden, Dartmouth Medical School
What makes a home? If we put it into a domestic context, it’s a place that’s warm and friendly, a welcoming host, a comfortable place where people can discuss and debate over good food. This is one of our aims for Ko Awatea.
That’s also the basis of purpose-designed Qulturum (from “Qul” -quality development and leadership) in Sweden, an environment guaranteed to facilitate thinking, innovation, learning and renewal.
On entry there are friendly staff at the front door, and a café area with comfy seating. It’s a place where people want to come and get involved. It stimulates curiosity, provokes a desire to learn and helps people see their own work with different eyes. Closely aligned physically and philosophically is the “Futurum”, a place for research and teaching.
In Ko Awatea we have an environment designed to bring together leadership, quality improvement, teaching, learning and research, through reflection, listening, and conversation – connecting to our colleagues, their experience and knowledge.
It’s also where the hard work will be done. This means in practice we can bring together up to 300 undergraduate students every day – to learn and to mix with our clinicians and researchers.
Ko Awatea can be a “home” where we can combine clinical and research activity, provide further education for our workforce, provide information, develop knowledge and create purpose.