Using the-wib® in Healthcare

Find out how and why the-wib® works in 1.57 minutes. Featuring Alan Bec, two users and two world-leading social scientists, this film clearly and concisely demonstrates how this device helps users to manage their energy, communicate their status and allows healthcare professionals, carers, family and friends to co-create wellbeing.

Expert Opinion

“The Wellbeing indicator communicates to other people you know, and don’t know, your current status. I endorse it completely. I think more people should be using it”.

Dr Zimbardo and Alan Bec at the ICTP Copenhagen 2016

“the-wib helps me to know how to pitch our consultations, and better informs me on how well you will function. I believe

the-wib has useful applications for many chronic fluctuating conditions and should be helpful to patients, families, carers, and clinicians”.

Dr Peter Goyder – General Practioner. Air Balloon Surgery Bristol UK.

“This is brilliant! It is a useful way of titrating because once you have a group working together, what do you mean by ‘4’, what do you mean by ‘6’, but over time there is going to be an attunement”.

Dr Sheldon Solomon – Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College USA.

Carer & Supporter Opinions

“Thank you for posting the-wib to help my son who lives with Cerebral Palsy manage his pain and energy. To be honest, you don’t need to be disabled to benefit from the-wib, if you think about it, we all need one!”
Jackie (carer)

“the-wib is a simple way to help my family to avoid, misunderstanding each other.”
Louise (lives with mental health difficulties)

“the-wib is good because it allows people to see, medical professionals, when they come in like physiotherapists, to see how Triv is feeling that day.”
Users Alex (carer) & Triv uses the-wib for Stroke Aphasia.

“the-wib can share our sense of wellbeing with everyone around us in a really simple way.”
Helen (lives with ME/CFS)

“Alan, I knew you were ill, but I hardly knew to what degree or difficulty. Seeing your ‘4″ has really bought it home to me how ME/CFS actually affects you. the-wib badge is a wonderful idea for improving positive social connection. “
Peter (carer who lives with Cerebral Palsy)

“I could do with the-wib myself. Three-year fibromyalgia sufferer with two kids!”
Clea (carer)

“The four is almost like an amber sign, saying rest. So, it is a good way for me to plan and manage my energy.”
Meera (using the-wib for Chronic Heart Transplant Rejection)

“the-wib is such an important invention. My wife, who has been disabled for a few years, now lets me know what number she is. A number 3 or 2 says far more than “I feel rough today.”
Clive (carer)

“I really need the-wib for my 9-year-old daughter, such a good idea.”
Alex (carer)

“I live with depression. Talking in numbers is such a great idea. the-wib could help so many sufferers to be better understood when we are having a bad time.’
Debrah (supporter)

“the-wib is all about understanding yourself as fluctuating energy and simultaneously informs other so they can recognize, anticipate and respond appropriately.”
Mike (supporter)

“I’ve moved over to thinking about my wellbeing using the-wib number system. Simple yet very effective!”
Delia (supporter)

“Where there’s a Wib, there’s a way! We want wibs for our work!”
Bards of Avalon (supporters)

“I’d love not to have to explain how I’m feeling to people who don’t really want to know. More positively I like what you say about the-wib helps you to anticipate wearer’s “states”. and be able to adapt appropriately. In my case, before I get my head bitten off!”
Sue (carer)


Watch Alan’s TEDx talk.

“Out of unconscious habit, we effectively hide how we really are and fail to pay attention to how others actually are.”

In his TEDxBristol talk, he explores the symbolism and science of numbered energy levels, delivered on the day with grace and humour, despite his status as a ‘4’. He shares how he found a positively disruptive healing solution to his chronic ill-health by talking in numbers, and why you don’t have to be ill to improve wellbeing using this method.

He’s someone who knows a lot about fluctuating energy and how hard it can be to communicate mental, emotional and physical pain. His life was disrupted beyond recognition when he contracted Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2011. The effect and devastation this had on his self-identity, family and social status changed everything. He found himself learning something new: what it’s like to experience ‘social death’.

This talk is from TEDxBristol 2017: Dare To Disrupt. In a world of constant change and uncertainty, these are the ‘positive disruptors’ ripping up the rule book to challenge received wisdom, demand better, and transform seemingly insurmountable problems into break-through possibilities and new beginnings.

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News – Innovator 2019

News in Brief:

the -wib Founder Alan Bec is selected for a new report highlighting diversity in innovation in the NHS. Launched by the AHSN Network at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019 in Manchester on Wednesday 4 September.

The report ‘Diversity and innovation – a celebration of  the stories of innovators from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and sets out pledges by the AHSN Network to further support the diversity and innovation agenda.

Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “We will not succeed in addressing health inequalities without diverse innovators, both from within and outside of the NHS. We need innovators from all backgrounds who can develop and support solutions that enable the inclusion of all members of our society.

Research News

The-wib puts research at the heart of its work so we know we measure up!

We met up with a group of year 9 & 11 RSA Academy school students and teachers and asked them what they thought of the wib. 

100% said the wib is important to them 98% said they were satisfied with how it works! 

Funding News

The Royal Society of Art, Commerce and Manufacturing

the-wib® won an RSA Catalyst Grant for Research. Its made a big difference to who we can collaborate with.

West Of England Academic Healthcare Science Network

the-wib® won a coveted place on the Healthcare Innovation Programme (HIP). Alan Bec is now officially a Hipster!

Alan Bec was chosen as one of ten BAME innovators who can make a difference within the NHS and the lives of patients. 

School of Social Entrepreneurs

the-wib® won a place on the London School of Social Entrepreneurs  Start Up programme. Sponsored by Lloyds bank and The National Lottery.

NatWest Accelerator Programme

the wib® won a place on the Natwest Pre Accelerator Programme in Bristol.