Esther Dyson shares her vision of a dynamic health movement that also generates a financial, business, and training movement. She talks about shifting society norms so that early childhood development and health coaching become high-income careers.
- So 30 years from now I hope people will mention Way to Wellville, Geisinger, Beach Cities Health District. Yeah back in the early 2010's suddenly some places began doing this and it set off a real movement. Not just a rah-rah movement, but a financial investor movement. A business movement. A training movement. People suddenly realized wow, there's money in this health coaching business and society norms changed so you actually got paid more for being an early childhood worker or a health coach or something like that.
And people forgot how desperately sick half the population was but they keep looking at the day to remind themselves yes these investments we're making are worth it. If that doesn't happen, we're going to have a country that's a mess. No matter what we do with our environment people won't be able to enjoy it. I was sick the other day and feeling really really crappy and looking at, it was a beautiful day, I was looking around me and thinking you know, it's so beautiful but I can't experience it because I feel so horrible.
So not only does it make sense but it's actually going to become visible how important it is to keep people healthy. And we're going to have examples of what it looks like when you do and unfortunately much of the rest of the country is going to be examples of what it looks like when you don't. And I think that's going to start persuading policy makers, investors and other people who can operate at scale that now's the time to do something. So you have to ask yourself Do I believe in this kind of future? And if you do, it's not a future of sacrifice and charity, it's a future of opportunity.
Because that's what this country needs. And that's what this country needs to pay for. In the end this is not only about health that your doctor measures but it's about the overall health of the community. You're gonna have more people employed doing meaningful work, rather than things machines could do. Working with other people, making other people healthy. I can't imagine anything more fun and fulfilling.