Impact Health Philosophy
At the heart of the Impact Health philosophy is the notion that impact and profit can be achieved simultaneously. We use the Give/Greed Continuum to explain that viewing personal profit as the opposite of producing value for others is not just an over-simplification, but absolutely wrong.
Impact Health, built on the Impact Capitalist platform, was developed to advocate for free market capitalism, celebrate business owning health professionals, and to provide resources to help them understand, manage, protect and grow their resources. The founders are scholars, educators, entrepreneurs, business owners, impact capitalists, and patients. We seek to take bits of information and research and present that material into knowledge and understanding for business owning health professionals.
We advocate for and address the struggles of real business ownership in health and care. Business ownership and health includes the overlap of people, families, business operations, and equity ownership. Business ownership and health does not mean that the owner must work in or directly manage the business. Equity owners also have a responsibility, and impact, on the business.
The founders of Impact Health deliberately incorporated the principles of the Christian faith. It is not at all necessary to be of the Christian faith to participate in and benefit from the Impact Health platform. But faith is a guiding force in the philosophy, perspective, and narrative of the Impact Health platform. We believe that Christianity is consistent with capitalism when combined with the Impact Capitalist mindset.
Some argue that faith is inconsistent with science. We absolutely (and we rarely use absolutist language) disagree with this premise. Faith and science ask and address different questions and utilize different methodologies. The Impact Health platform is at the intersection of science, medicine, business, economics, behavior, and technology. We build on the shoulders of giants. We gain wisdom from the decision-making, economics, history, psychology, sociology, and communication sciences (just to name a few), as well as the biological and physical sciences.
We believe in the power of free-market capitalism. It is not based on ideology. Free-market capitalism is a concept that has garnered considerable skepticism, inquiry, challenge, and deliberation. We have a resident Advocatus Diaboli who is charged with challenging our thinking, assumptions, and directions. We approach our materials from multiple perspectives. We unequivocally reserve the right to change our minds if the evidence leads us there. We advocate for free-markets and the power of impact-minded business owning health professionals. We would need to see a whole bunch of new information to convince us otherwise that this combination is not the best available system (to date) to make a meaningful and positive difference in society.
We believe in the relationship of risk and reward. Over the years, we seem to have introduced an ideological factor into this relationship, where risk taking should result only in reward. If risk leads to loss, someone else should pay the price. The founders of Impact Health have had their share of risk lead to loss (as well as other frustrating outcomes). It is part of business. We do not believe in redistribution. We feel that when risk pays off, the risk taker should receive the reward provided it was accomplished through the Impact Capitalist mindset and through free-markets.
Impact Health was not made just for these “woke” times. We see a move completely opposite of the key principles of free-markets, expression, thought, speech and debate. Democracy has been turned on its head. We believe that we learn from challenges, uncertainty, and failures, not in the creation of safe zones and silencing opposing viewpoints. At the same time, we believe in equal opportunity (not distribution). Demographics (and socially constructed labels) should not influence opportunities (nor dominate culture and politics). Neither should we allow disproportionate extra consideration for demographic groups.
We desire a laid-back atmosphere as we build a serious business. We also feel that we can laugh at current events (sometimes as gallows humor). We should not feel afraid to discuss what we see. Unfortunately, too many seem to find new ways to be offended. We try to watch our words, but if we only worry about not offending others, we would not have even started this project. We will offend (especially as unoffensive language today becomes offensive tomorrow), as we help other business owning health professionals pursue their righteous paths.
We know that this is not compatible with these “woke” times. But that’s why platforms like Impact Health are so necessary.
This is our righteous path:
We are warriors, fighting for the calling that we have been given.
And, yet, we are beggars showing other beggars where the bread is.
We are partnering with the misfits and malcontents of the passing Gilded Age of Medicine, as we, too, are misfits and malcontents of the old regime.
We are transforming the lives of, and partnering with, these misfits and malcontents of the old medical economy into mighty men and women of the coming New Health Economy.
We’re doing this so these mighty men and women of the New Health Economy can transform the lives of patients and people everywhere as they find healing and health. Real health.
This is why and how we are transforming the way health is managed.
For those of you who never belonged in the old medical economy – and for those of you who no longer belong – we welcome you.
Are you ready to join us? Start here: What’s Next?
For Impact and Profit,