Bart Windrum Presentations
Bringing challenging conversations to humanity — and humanity to challenging conversations
April 2018: The Promised Landing: A Gateway to Peaceful Dying is published and available. See this site’s books pages for more. Events local to Boulder, Colorado are now being offered. Contact me if you’d like a unique, invigorating keynote, plenary, or workshop for your tribe, near or far.
I offer lay and provider audiences a unique voice and refreshing viewpoint addressing patient (I prefer persient—a person in need of medical attention) empowerment, medical advocacy, and what’s required of us to die in peace. My goals when presenting are to:
- provide actionable guidance
- clear emotional, mental, and spiritual cobwebs
- challenge and expand worldview and sense of personal responsibility and ability
- entertain through occasional levity and personal stories
- directly tie each presentation to each audience’s focus
I customize every talk, shaping each to provide the most value and impact on each audience. I guarantee you will hear new thoughts about medical advocacy and dying in peace that you have not previously heard and acquire beneficial, applicable insights. Peruse a representative topics list here. Meeting Planners: I present to both lay and professional audiences. I’m recognized as a nationally contributing patient activist by organizations like the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Lown Institute. By perusing this site you’ll know why. Let’s shape a powerful presentation for your upcoming event. Providers: Offer your colleagues and students the opportunity to hear from an informed citizen who’s morphed into a patient advocate. Bring a unique voice to your people. Employers: Are your sandwich-generation employees or employees with elder parents distracted? Minimize employee distraction today.
Videos are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Choosing How to Die May 2014. This half-hour talk summarizes Overcoming the 7 Deadly Obstacles to Dying in Peace. I presented it in the context of a larger evening’s program at Denver’s Mercury Cafe entitled Choosing How to Die which explored choice for direct personal control over one’s dying, a choice made previously by a British citizen who travelled to Switzerland and a choice being pondered at the time by a Denver Colorado USA citizen where aid in dying was not yet available. The evening included Terry Pratchett’s documentary, Choosing to Die (available for viewing here), Robert Mitton’s presentation plus his and my audience QA session (available here).
TEDxFoCo: Dying IN Peace to Die AT Peace: New Terms of Engagement May 2013. TED and TEDx events are widely considered to be premier speaking venues. This 20 minute talk synthesizes my old and new work from 2004 through 2013, reframing dying in peace within the context of identifying and overcoming obstacles. It runs down the first five obstacles to peaceful dying, experienced by my family twice; includes a performance of Windrum’s Never Say Die Rap, a wry musical take on our absurd existential quandary; presents a concise introductory explanation of Windrum’s Matrix of Dying Terms™, which for the first time both identifies and objectively names the full range of sixteen dying situations ahead of all of us; rebuts the labeling of choice in dying as “a sideshow;” and offers an homage to and repurposing of my father’s antics as a “quick printing” shop owner in the 1970s and 80s:
Windrum’s Never Say Die Rap premier and Windrum’s Matrix of Dying Terms introduction at Ignite Denver November 2012. Ignite talks are rapid-fire 5 minute presentations where your 20 slide deck auto-advances one slide every 15 seconds. The format is quick, part pressure cooker and part game, and typically draws a younger crowd. Ignite audiences are a bit roudy, partying throughout a night of fifteen talks. This presentation was challenging to prepare, breathless to perform, and worth its several risk factors. The Rap delivery is flawed; the Matrix an early iteration; this talk contains the seeds from which the TEDx talk sprouted:
Hospital Corporation of America Annual Ethics Conference Keynote October 2009. An early “from lay person to patient advocate” sharing my journey and key insights with an interested provider audience. Interspersed with personal interviews:
- To Die in Peace: Our Rights of Passage
- Dying IN Peace to Die AT Peace: New Terms of Engagement
- Windrum’s Matrix of Dying Terms
- Cool, Calm, Collected: How to Advocate When Hospitalized
- From Lay Person to Patient Advocate: An Informed Citizen’s Story
- Manifesting the Resolve to Die in Peace—Why do We Buy Off-the-Shelf Dying?
- The Complete Do Not Resuscitate Conversation
- How to Efficiently Settle the Family Estate
Bart Windrum’s talks were poignant, comprehensive, even-handed, and were extremely well-received by their respective audiences. Bart’s experience-based perspective and accessible style adds an important voice to the field of of end-of-life care reform. — Ronn Huff, Director, Center for Clinical Ethics, Hospital Corporation of America
I had the privilege of hearing Bart present Overcoming The 7 Deadly Obstacles to Dying in Peace. Bart distilled stories of his family’s difficult experiences into a series of concepts each of us need to understand in order to prepare ourselves. Thoughtfully handling every comment with supportive insight, Bart kept us focused amid the potential for distraction. Bart’s amazing graphical slide deck conveyed key information with a personal tone. I left with seven solutions that made me feel empowered and motivated to learn more, to transform ideas into readiness for myself and my family. As someone who is caring for elders I found this presentation timely and crucial. — Rosemary Lohndorf, Overcoming the 7 Deadly Obstacles to Dying in Peace workshop participant
Gosh Bart…I just watched your TEDx talk for the first time. Very nice—warm and lively! The rap was a good interlude, Windrum’s Matrix is explained well, and I really like that you anchored the whole thing with your personal experience with your parents. Completely engaging. I also like that you gave space to your critics, mentioning what they said. A welcome, crisp, engaging, animated, personal and rustling spin to the usual deadpan conversation about dying. — Paul Shippee, Non-Violent Communication teacher
Bart Windrum exemplifies the power of a patient speaker in his careful and thoughtful delivery. His presentation visuals are state of the art and appeal to a wide audience. He is detail oriented and clear in his presentations. His comments are well thought out and sourced. He would be an asset to any conference or event focusing on patient safety. — Regina Holliday, Founding Artist, The Walking Gallery and Partnership With Patients
Bart’s talk overflowed with pertinent, well-presented facts punctuated by humor and family-centric storytelling. And it’s no exaggeration to say that TEDxFoCo 3’s success was due in no small part to the unforgettable Never Say Die Rap. Much of the overheard follow-up discussion centered around how to take next steps regarding Bart’s ideas. Identifying and overcoming obstacles to dying in peace is a topic that anyone who fogs a mirror ought to hear. I cannot overstate how delighted I am that Bart graced our stage and I heartily recommend him for yours. — Nick Armstrong, TEDxFoCo Curator
Bart’s presentation was informative, sensitive, and insightful, opening doors to new options for many participants. Bart shed light on the need for — and ramifications in the absence of — communication with loved ones and care providers as we approach, prepare for, and deal with the end of life. — Elinor Christiansen, President, Health Care for All Colorado Foundation
Bart Windrum’s end-of-life works are dynamic offerings of both strength and sensitivity toward our many cultural impediments to peaceful, dignified end-of-life care. Bart strengthens our resolve and ability to adequately sense the situation before us, to make informed and skillful decisions that support contemplative aspirations in the dying process. — Sanchi Reta Lawler, Founding Director of Boulder Morningstar Zen Center, and Creator of Coming Full Circle: A Contemplative Training in the Art of Dying
Contemplative aging requires that we learn to identify, recognize, and overcome a range of practical obstacles to peaceful dying that our world, too readily and frequently, sets before us. Through Notes from the Waiting Room and Windrum’s Matrix of Dying Terms, Bart Windrum deeply illuminates these matters, enhancing our ability to peacefully navigate our, or a loved one’s, final journey. — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, co-author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older
Just realized I’m not following @BartWindrum. WHAT?? Watch his recent TEDx talk, Dying IN Peace to die AT Peace: New Terms of Engagement — ePatient Dave deBronkart via Twitter