Italian Social Marketing Network Newsletter 168


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The Future at the 2019 World Social Marketing Congress in Edinburgh

Off the cuff reflections about 10 topics I liked.


1. The Future: Ethics.

Jeff French, Brigitte Boonen, Krzysztof Kubacki: Ethics in Social Marketing:

2. The Future: Training on the shoulders of giants.

Nancy Lee: A reflection on lessons learned and looking to the future

3. The Future: Digital World.

4. The Future: Evidence Base for Social Marketing.

Doug Evans, Diogo Veríssimo, Sohail Agha, Jeff French: The Evidence Base for Social Marketing

5. The Future: The Public Health

Alex Aiken: Delivering Quality Campaigns at Scale

6. The Future: The Myth

Bill Novelli: Leveraging the Power of the Private Sector for Social Impact

7. The Future: Food, health and the environment.

Nadina Luca, Kelley Dennings, Becky Ramsing, Meatless Monday, Seda Erdem, Ariadne Kapetanaki, Yana Manyuk: A systems perspective on healthy and sustainable diets.


8. The Future: A Social Marketing Political Manifesto 

Carlos Oliveira Santos: What’s new and old in social marketing thinking? Reaffirming its political grounds.

9. The Future: Participants from thirty countries. Voices from Italy.

  • Anna Maria Murante: A self-management educational intervention for persons with diabetes: findings on the support of social networks and its association with eating behaviors’ changes.
  • Riccardo Bulgarelli, Rebecca Molinari, Erika Simonazzi, Sara Vancini, Elena Veronesi, Giuseppe Fattori: Progetto Raperonzolo-dona i tuoi capelli.
  • Emilia Vergalito, Martina Sacco, Giuseppe Fattori – Social Marketing and Environment: Plogging for students of University of Bologna.

10. The Future:  Ten years with Suzanne Suggs. Anniversary!


Lugano: Summer School courses in Social Marketing




Italian Social Marketing Network Newsletter 166


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The evidence about the effectiveness of behaviour change approaches—what works and what does not work—is unclear. What we do know is that single interventions that target a specific behavioural risk have little impact on the determinants that actually cause poor health, especially for vulnerable people. This has not prevented health promoters from continuing to invest in behaviour change interventions which are widely used in a range of programs. The future of behaviour change and health promotion is through the application of a comprehensive strategy with three core components: (1) a behaviour change approach; (2) a strong policy framework that creates a supportive environment and (3) the empowerment of people to gain more control over making healthy lifestyle decisions. This will require the better planning of policy interventions and the coordination of agencies involved in behaviour change and empowerment activities at the community level, with government to help develop policy at the national level.



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La formula “il tempo è denaro”, oggi largamente diffusa e applicata a tutte le attività umane, implica che ogni guadagno di tempo è automaticamente un guadagno di denaro, ciò che induce una generalizzata pressione a minimizzare i tempi di esecuzione di ogni e qualunque attività. Esistono tuttavia fenomeni che vengono distrutti dalla minimizzazione del tempo di esecuzione: la musica ne è il prototipo, qualunque brano musicale risultando irriconoscibile se eseguito super-prestissimo. Due fenomeni in apparenza lontani come l’interazione medico-paziente e il controllo del cambiamento climatico globale rientrano per ragioni diverse in questa stessa categoria di fenomeni la cui priorità di realizzazione pratica non può essere giudicata a partire dalla formula “il tempo è denaro”, ma a partire – prima di ogni calcolo contabile – dalla considerazione del loro valore intrinseco per salute e medicina.



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To tell science. Risks, opportunities and new tools of communication. Summary. The New York Times recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its historic “Science section” with a special issue. An opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of scientific journalism. After having seen the inserts dedicated to science flourish in the ’70s and ’80s, in recent times the major Italian weekly and several newspapers have decided – with rare exceptions – to eliminate them. Most health inserts remain. How can we explain the reason for this trend? Science continues to permeate our culture, from cinema, to books, to advertising, to television. And there are numerous masters and university courses in Italy that prepare young graduates for science communication. Yet, paradoxically, in the newsrooms the presence of scientific journalists has been gradually reduced to nothing, and quite often those who write about science are “generalist” journalists. Fault of the crisis that publishers live and of the entry into the mass information circuit of internet? Certainly the interaction between the protagonists of scientific information (public, journalists, researchers) has become more and more complex and problematic.

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Italian Social Marketing Network Newsletter 160


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Despite advances in behavioural science, there is no widely shared understanding of the ‘mechanisms of action’ (MoAs) through which individual behaviour change techniques (BCTs) have their effects. Cumulative progress in the development, evaluation and synthesis of behavioural interventions could be improved by identifying the MoAs through which BCTs are believed to bring about change…….. Conclusions: The BCT-MoA links described by intervention authors and identified in this extensive review present intervention developers and reviewers with a first level of systematically collated evidence. These findings provide a resource for the development of theory-based interventions, and for theoretical understanding of intervention evaluations. The extent to which these links are empirically supported requires systematic investigation.



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In May 2018, the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) began enrollment for a vast medical research
cohort. Named “All of Us,” it’s meant to
include 1 million U.S. volunteers, who will be studied
over 10 years at a cost of $1.45 billion.
The project promises to “lay
the scientific foundation for a new
era of personalized, highly effective
health care,” a counterpoint
to previous “‘one-size-fits-all’ medicine.”
All of Us derives from a decade’s
worth of developments in
the research world. In 2011, the
National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine called
for a “new taxonomy of human
disease,” stating that “opportunities
to define diseases more precisely
and to inform health-care
decisions” were “being missed.”1
Five years later, President Barack
Obama launched the Precision
Medicine Initiative. The concept
was promoted by NIH Director
Francis Collins, who defined it
as “prevention and treatment strategies
that take individual variability
into account.”2 A bandwagon
effect followed, with marked shifts
in resources and attention toward
precision medicine.
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