But nudging isn’t enough


“I spend half my time comforting the afflicted, and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”
(Wess Stafford)

“If you’re afraid to defend your convictions because you might get your ass kicked for it, you’re not really fit to advocate for them.”
(James Carlos Blake)

“But nudging isn’t enough.”
(Jacqueline Novogratz)

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the worldwould do this, it would change the earth.”
(William Faulkner)

With all this in mind, I urge you to research Brain Awareness Week and what the public needs to do in order to get perfect neurological healthcare. We need people to invest time, research and study if we want to move towards a cure.

If you’re in Ireland, please check out the Neurological Alliance of Ireland. “The Neurological Alliance of Ireland is the national umbrella body representing over thirty, not for profit organisations working with people with neurological conditions and their families.

Neurological conditions affect the brain and spinal cord and include many common conditions such as stroke, migraine, epilepsy and acquired brain injury as well as rare and genetically transmitted conditions.

In 1996 a group of neurological charities came together, with the support of a leading neurologist, to form an alliance to campaign for the development of services for people with neurological conditions and their families.

Since then the organisation has significantly increased its membership and is recognised as a key partner in informing and shaping the response to the needs of people with neurological conditions and their families in Ireland.” (Source: About NAI)

For more info on the NAI and the events they organise during BAW, please check here. To check their Facebook page, go here.

To read more of the NAI conference in Leinster House, February 2013, please go here.

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One thought on “But nudging isn’t enough

  1. I couldn’t agree more with this post. Someone once wrote, spend 30 min a day researching a subject. For almost every subject, no matter how complex, three years will make you proficient, and seven will make you an expert. As for the “you may not realize when you are making progress” point, my recent history supports this assertion. I write mainly for me and my memory. It forces me to phrase things in my self talk in a mostly positive way, but I also do it to view life from a little greater distance than the passions of the moment. I advocate for MS, foster care and sick children, but I never think many besides me ever read my thoughts or listen to them.

    Then I was asked to attend a conference for innovation in medicine at the National Academy of Medicine. While there, I had a few conversations with a doctor sitting next to me. It turns out he recommended me when the American Board of Internal Medicine decided to include a position for patient advocate. Simply writing every week and participating on a website for people with MS has lead to a bigger voice than I would have predicted.

    So if you are passionate about something, research it and write what you learn. You can always learn more than you thought possible, and with the knowledge and some luck, you may find an opportunity to create change.

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