Sunday, 14 February 2010


Kung Hee Fat Choi
Happy New Year of the Tiger

Chinese astrology

The Year of the Tiger? What does that mean? Chinese astrologers seem like their kind, everywhere, some say one thing, some another. Take your pick: the Year of the Tiger betokens big changes and social disorder; it is likely to be a turbulent year; an inauspicious one for marriage, so steer clear of those vaunted 'strategic alliances'... and umpteen others. It doesn't sound so hot but that's astrology folks, fitting comfortably into people's hopes, fears and reasonable prognostications of what is on the way, within Conductive Education as without.

Whatever, my personal guru wishes me to be healthy and strong in the coming year, like a tiger. I'll go with that (even though I cannot help expressing the sneaking worry that the tiger is an endangered species).

I gladly pass on that auspicious thought to Conductive Education everywhere. May you all be as healthy and strong as the tiger in the coming year!

Year of the Hong Kong World Congress

On-line registration for the 7th World Congress of Conductive Education will be launched in early April, when a pre-congress social network system (CrowdVine) will be launched. All registered participants, plenary speakers and symposium hosts will be invited to join, to pick up local tips and more importantly begin to express their own voices there before meeting face-to-face in Hong Kong:

The congress-organisers in Hong Kong are encouraging potential presenters from the same organization and/or country to organise amongst themselves to make batch submission of five or six abstracts – in effect create symposia, the titles or topics of which will be determined by the group.

It may well be this message has not been getting through to all the organisations and/or individual who might wish to respond this proposal. No 'official invitation', no especial status is required here. If you, your colleagues, associates or friends would like to put something forward, then this is up to you, and there is still time to do so.

Do not complain that nobody knows what you think or what have done, or about the omnipresence of same old stuff presented by the same old people. Just go to the Congress site and put forward your own proposal, either as a symposium or on your own, for yourself:

Just do it! Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Oh yes, I almost forgot....


  1. I'm intrigued by how you knew about SAHK's intentions re setting up the pre-conference social network on crowdvine.

    Might it be possible for you to persuade the person responsible to sign up to the Facebook Group, CE2.0?

    It would be useful to have a conversation as soon as possible eg about twitter hashtags for the world congress (#7WCCE perhaps?) and maybe too for conductive education (# is easily added in front of 'conductive education' whenever it is used in full, but it would be useful to have a short form too. As #CE is already in use, it will need to be something like #ConEd).

  2. Norman,

    As ever, I know because I ask.

    I don't understand everything that you write here, but I shall pass it on, toute suite.


  3. One thing to try on twitter: every time you or I or anyone writes "conductive education", let's write it as one word and type a hash at the front (#conductiveeducation).

    It looks ugly, it uses an extra character from the 140 character limit, BUT the big advantage is that it acts as a searchable tag by everyone interested in all tweets containing that phrase.

    There's a good explanation here

  4. No sooner had I posted the above suggestion than I find @ACCDAT started using #conductiveeducation about 4 hours ago!

    Let's all follow @ACCDAT's lead?

    (BTW, my arithmetic is faulty. #conductiveeducation does not use an extra character because although it adds one at the front, it deletes the space in the middle +1-1=0)

  5. I like the idea of Twitter tags for conferences.

    It will be great to see it as a trending tag!

    "Conductive upbringing" might be a good tag too.

    Seems like the standard.

  6. Adelaide,

    Conductive upbringing is by no means the "standard" as you say, although it should be as it is the direct translation of the Hungarian konduktiv nevelés into English.

    Somehow a long the line this term got forgotten in English and was never translated into other languages, German included. Sadly a more common term now in use as well as Conductive Education is conductive therapy.

    I am interested to hear where you think "conductive upbringing" is the standard apart from in one or two, maybe three, conductive blogs.

    Susie Mallett