The CHANGEmaker Monday series is a periodic feature on team members and ICChange Ambassadors showcasing their commitment while giving you an inside perspective on the individuals across the globe that make up the ICChange network.
Dr. Harvey Hawes has been a volunteer with ICChange for more than three years and currently serves as the Director of Trauma Systems. This role allows him to take the experience he has gained in his professional life as a trauma surgeon and professor and share this knowledge and experience with medical professionals practicing in developing systems. Harvey also serves as the CEO of Metric Technologies, a social enterprise that aims to radically reduce the cost of surgery and provide access to surgical care to the millions that currently won’t have access if they need it.
What does change mean to you?
I can tell you the danger of change to start with. I think that the rate of change at times is too great and that newer doesn’t always equate to better.
I do believe that there is a lot of inertia in Global and Public Health and it does take change to move that but sometimes people with good hearts make change before they fully understand the environment in which they want to act. It’s a balance of being open-minded and accepting change and understanding that change may not happen the way you want it to. To try and affect change in another context or country starts with changing your own perceptions.
What do people not know about you?
I’d take the first surgical flight to Mars – my first goal was to be an astronaut. Maybe that’s what makes me want to explore new ideas.
What is your favourite word?
What is your least favourite word?
What motivates you creatively or emotionally?
That perfect moment when you’ve been circling a complex idea with a team for a while and everything clicks, where it becomes clear for everyone, and there is that shared of experience of really boundless creativity.
How about the opposite?
Authoritarianism – the meritless restriction of ideas or power.
What profession other than your own (and astronaut) would you like to attempt?
What profession would you least like to attempt?