In response to the question “How do the plans of two groups, the government and those we serve, overlap and interact?“:
In United States, a lot of work has been done to prepare for a pandemic. I would say this is probably one of the very few nations where there exists the most “overlaping and interacting” between citizens/government so far.
However, only a small percentage of the population has done some serious individual pandemic preparedness (my estimation is less than 1%). The “flu fatigue” effect isn’t helping.
More work regarding the impact of the just-in-time economy should be undertaken.
United States developed many elements these past years. This country could become a world leader in launching realistic SOCIAL pandemic preparedness.
I sensed a lot of excitement from opinion leaders of the sphere of Flublogia these past few weeks. Hopes and expectations are high. However, most of them are waiting for much boalder moves.
The fact is that the nation (or any nation) is far from being prepared to face a pandemic.
McKinsey’s rule No.1: “The transformation to a bottom-up culture needs help from the top” (from the famous McKinsey Quarterly, article entitled “Six Ways to make Web 2.0 work”)
Therefore, I believe that the transformation of an entire population before a pandemic (i.e. efficient social pandemic preparedness) NEEDS help from the top.
David Nabarro, Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, estimated in November 2008 that the global state of preparedness had reached 40%. In a conference at the Centre for Stategies and International Studies, he said he was hoping that the global state of preparedness would reach 60 to 70% in 2010. Of course, that is NOT going to happen, mainly because of the global economic context.
But social preparation is relatively cheaper than expensive pharmaceutical measures.
Communications could play a key role.
If a 70% global state of preparedness was aimed by UN, why not dream of reaching a 70% state of SOCIAL pandemic preparedness?
A lot more overlapping and interaction of citizens/government would help reach that goal.