When I say the word Petri Dish, what flashes through your mind? I’m going to shatter that image of a little plastic disc and a long cotton swab.
Imagine instead, that this Petri Dish isn’t a dish at all, but rather a platform for women to share and grow their ideas.
A place to test out solutions, innovate models of care, and then share them with others around the world.
I named my Petri Dish—Disruptive Women in Health Care. That was 7 years ago.
I created Disruptive Women when blogging was all the rage—except in health care (see videos from the launch here). Back then, many health attorneys thought Blog was a 4 letter word—it was new, it was open to the public and lawyers in the life sciences were worried about lawsuits. To my way of thinking, though, it was a cost-effective, fabulously efficient mechanism to curate a community of thought-leaders.
We started with fewer than a dozen Disruptive Women and today boast several hundred contributors and a community of tens of thousands. Our Disruptive Women are Members of Congress and Parliament, Secretaries of Health and heads of hospitals. We are nurses and scientists, researchers, patients and doctors. (more…)