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Monday, 21 October 2013

The Rose

The Sufi poet Rumi used "the rose" as a metaphor for "the beloved."  He's not the only one.

It's funny how good ideas pop up in different guises.

From more than a year ago:

A Shared Services Network Ontario (SSNO) would:

Use existing technology and digital tools and expand on existing information infrastructure to integrate Ontario’s public services into one seamless digital network

Include “tiered access” to ensure safety of personal information
Patients and their medical professionals would have access to their health records, but no one else’s
Individuals could digitally report public activity/perceived concerns (someone sleeping on the street in sub-zero temperatures with no blanket) without becoming directly engaged

Facilitate planning and resource allocation by combining resource use, demographic need and systematic duplication/gaps/overlaps analysis in one place

Reduce system abuse and misuse by making it easier for all Parties to connect directly with the specific services they need

Empower all Ontarians to be more actively engaged in their individual and social well-being

UPDATE:  I wrote that yesterday morning.  Yesterday evening, leaving Toronto City Hall, I saw the following:

"The rose is without why, it blooms because it blooms, it cares not for itself, asks not if it is seen."

Life's a funny thing.

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