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Participatory Social Systems for Well-Being

One of the big stories we highlighted in last year's Ecosystems of Well-Being Map centered around participatory health, and it stems from a set of broader trends we're seeing both in and out of health. In effect, this story highlights efforts to co-create the conditions that produce well-being--meaning crowdsourcing infrastructure development, using peer-to-peer tools to connect with each other and meet health needs. It's a world where our well-being comes not from what we can do as individuals, but from what we can do together.

Can Facebook Help in an Emergency?

Via NPR comes word of a recently launched contest to identify ways to use Facebook in an emergency. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and hosted at the awesome challenge.gov site, the contest is based on the idea that:

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