The Disability Support Industry Doesn’t Need Another Piece of Software, It Needs an Operating SystemOur CEO and Founder, Jonathan Murray, shares his vision for transformational technology.
Every one of us will need support at some point in our lives. GoodHuman’s vision is to make universal support the cornerstone of the human experience. But what is “universal support” exactly and what makes it so important? We wanted to take a moment to share what the concept of universal support means to us and what we’re doing to achieve it for everyone, everywhere.
What is universal support?
We define universal support as the idea that to truly look after one another, we need to accept that there are minimum standards for a quality of life that everyone should have access to.
In action, universal support would give everyone choice and control over the support they receive regardless of where they were born, who they know, or how much money they have.
It would level the playing field to allow everyone to enjoy the extraordinary experience of leading life the way they want, with support a fundamental part of the human experience.
This is not a new concept, but it’s one that motivated GoodHuman’s founder and CEO, Jonathan Murray, to do something about it. He believes that humans are at their very best when we tap into our empathy. After living in Norway for many years, it became clear to Jonathan that the country’s true strength was not its high GDP or spectacular fjords, it’s the culture of generosity and care for one another. The core values and belief that every citizen should have access to essentials such as health care, support, housing, and education. “It gives people incredible confidence that we are going to be ok and everyone is better for it. Those things shouldn’t be out of reach for anyone,” he explains.
Having access to universal support means that anyone who needs support can connect with someone who provides it, easily. That is not the reality of the world we live in today. It can be challenging to even ask for support, let alone get access to it anywhere in the world. But Jonathan sees enough care and compassion every day to believe that a global shift toward this attitude is inevitable.
“The world is already home to incredible people who are changing lives with their empathy for others — whether it’s supporting their own family or selflessly helping strangers. There are already tens of thousands of remarkable organisations around the world that exist to support people in every way,” explains Jonathan.