Western civilisation has conquered great health perils in the past. But the peculiarly modern malaise seems resistant to treatment. Obesity, depression, addiction, loss of wellbeing – these are issues which sap the resources and spirit of modern practitioners. The AfterNow Project seeks to trace the development of our current situation. In six 5-minute introductory videos – backed up by a dozen 10-minute audio podcasts and over 30 short papers – we unpack the ideas which shape and limit contemporary responses... and look to a brave new future for public health.
Very impressive site from Glasgow University's Public Health and Health Policy Section, the brain child of its head Phil Hanlon (with input from the IFF's Andrew Lyon). AFTERnow does a multimedia assault on the agenda of wellbeing (and its corollary, "ill-being") in public life. (Interesting linkage note: I was alerted to its existence from this tweet, which was essentially telling me not to go listening to wild-eyed Italian autonomists for my anti-consumerist critique, when it was right on my doorstep. This is how exactly how a Thoughtland should operate, citizens...)