Karl Blanchet believes it is important to distinguish between the complicated and complex. In this talk he explains three key elements: information, decisions and social networks that allow people to respond more quickly in changing environments and allow health systems to thrive. He explains, “It might be complex, but it is not complicated.”
Karl Blanchet is currently a Lecturer on health systems research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and is also one of the co-founders of the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group. Karl worked for 12 years for international non-governmental organisations in health system strengthening in Asia, Africa and Europe. He then decided to create a link between project implementers and researchers and develop innovative evaluation methods to better inform patients, authorities and implementing agencies. Karl has one priority in mind: make sure that his work can help save lives.
He also has interests in sustainability and resilience of health systems and more specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries and has developed new research approaches based on complexity science, system thinking and social network analysis. Karl is also fascinated by the utilisation of mobile and electronic information tools in low resource settings to help decision makers.