Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Nursing Diaspora

Score one for Flat World. The Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM) Electronic Community of Practice (CoP) recently landed more funding for program growth:

"This fund is critically important to ensuring the GANM's forward momentum in using information and communication technologies to 'reach and teach' geographically dispersed nurses and midwives," [GANM CoP director Patricia Abbott] said. "Many of the world's most pressing health issues are occurring in places where access to best practices and knowledge resources are very low. Our online community has proven to be an effective tool in removing the constraints of geography."

When I write about tasking the Burgh Diaspora, I am imagining a community of practice like GANM's. A network of expatriates could connect Pittsburgh to "best practices and knowledge resources" for any regional task at hand. Missing some crucial piece for a local initiative or venture? Plug into Network Pittsburgh.

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