Today I started off the day at Millbank Media Centre - where I attended the morning of the European Resource Bank. I listened to the Federal Communications Chairman, and then a panel on how to reform healthcare, and finally participated in the Dragon's Den panel.
I was very impressed with the practical solutions put forth by Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity. I asked him how to respond to the chorus that I always hear from people who want to talk about how bad US healthcare is - that they personally know someone who died just outside the door of an emergency room. Whereas my father who is a doctor has always assured me that he's never heard of anything like that in 40 years of practicing medicine, I wondered whether Phillips could give me his view. Indeed he said that the left would have used examples of that in their battle for Obamacare if they could have. If there were legitimate horror stories like those imagined, they would have used them. They didn't. Interesting. He said that inside of every Emergency Room in the US there is a sign that is posted, "Know Your Rights", and it goes on to read - "You cannot be turned down for emergency care". What most non-Americans don't realise is that Medicare and in California, Medical, are huge welfare bureaucracies. To claim that people who are poor or unemployed don't have medical care is nonsense. Medicare and Medical take care of the poorest section of society.
During the Dragon's Den presentations, I was very struck with the Common Sense Society in Budapest, Hungary who are campaigning for a constitution based on the principles of freedom. Interestingly, since "system change" 20 years ago, there have only been amendments to the constitution but it is still essentially a Communist constitution! I voted for this cause of the 4 who presented as I think both in impact and probability it will have the biggest effect. We have a huge problem with the lack of legitimacy and accountability in the EU. By getting the constitution right in Hungary, we will have a shining example of a national freedom constitution which will be sovereign, and we can influence the EU to step into line with these principles.
I can get so down in the detail of everything that I have to get done, but those couple of hours this morning at the European Resource Bank helped me to realise what is really important in life: freedom, and the on-going fight for it. Thank you Matthew Elliott, TaxPayer's Alliance for the wonderful morning.
On Tuesday this week, I keynoted at the Transforming Design conference put on by the Design Management Institute. This was fun - a great gallop through my life, my frameworks, my philosophies and my predictions.
And what a collection of interesting people I had a chance to talk to this week:
· Dinner with Hugh Chappell - serial entrepreneur who is mentoring many new companies - https://www.entrepreneurcountry.net/videos/interviews/viewvideo/27/interviews/hugh-chappell-serial-entrepreneur
· Dinner with Mikkel Vestergaard - CEO of Verstergaard Frandsen - whose profits for a purpose Humanitarian Development model is solving deep social and health problems - https://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/about-us
· Lunch with Jean Claude Bintz - Founder of VoxMobile, sold to Orange - https://www.myofst.com/jeanclaudebintz - JC calls his current company Lakehouse because he loves [as I do] the movie - Lakehouse - with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves [a perfect man] - "There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison...."
Last week found me keynoting at the 25th Anniversary of MeusInvest, the Liege, Belgium based government funded investment firm. I shared with them the 8 point program to building an Entrepreneur Country. I always get comments when I speak, and I do like to shake it up as I find so many people don't interrogate the assumptions by which they live their life. My favourite piece of feedback from the MeusInvest jaunt -
"To the attention of Juliette Meyer,
I attended the speech you made yesterday for the 25th anniversary of Meusinvest in Liège and wanted to thank you for its rather radical and provocative content.
Whereas in Belgium and in particular in Liège institutions like Meusinvest , a public company not to forget, do good thinks , we still do not think sufficiently out of the box.
The reactions from some people I could share afterwards during the cocktail make it clear that after your words, nobody remained indifferent.