Done more work on developing the event question with several possible stances for our Crowd Wise debate – which is all about participative decision-making. Our debate will be on Intelligent Homes and how, or whether, we can use the relevant technology to help elderly, disabled and infirm people stay in their own homes. Scheduled for mid July, date, speakers and venue to be confirmed shortly.
The aim is to develop 5 or 6 options which are for a proposal rather than developing a proposal in opposition to something from happening. We could therefore look at how Intelligent Homes are important and more cost-effective than moving elderly, infirm and disabled people into residential care.
For a viable Crowd Wise debate, the concept: “It’s unfair to keep people in homes which are larger than their needs because of the housing shortage” is incomplete without the value of an acceptable option such as perhaps ensuring there is the enabling legislation to make it happen.
Another unsuitable way to present a possible suitable option such as “Intelligent homes are unworkable because old people just wont use the technology because they are not technologically savvy” which should be seen as just an anti-option rather than a viable option. A possibility to make this a more viable option is that very simple interfaces are designed to help people feel comfortable with using this technology.