Saturday, 4 September 2010

Stop-start in the conductive movement

Not all of it need be so

On SAHK's Pre-Congress Social Networking Platform this week, Brent Page from March of Dimes Canada brought up the ACENA's recent North American Annual Conference, to which mention I appended the following memorandum –

ACENA's North American Conference will have preceded the Hong Kong Congress by some three months.
Such occasions are rare enough in the world or Conductive Education. The people in that little world can be terribly isolated, and few of them are able to attend conferences and congresses. Fewer still can attend more than one over a short time.
This is no different from the situation in any other field, but usually those who have to stay at work and home may at least read about what is going on. So, if there is something new and important achieved or on the horizon (what conferences etc. should be all about), everybody can stay in the loop and move forward more or less together.
There is little enough time energy or indeed resource to spare of any kind, in any field and at any time, to be continually reinventing the wheel. Conductive Education may find itself especially limited in this respect.
Conductive Education has been described as 'a movement' (I plead guilty to doing this myself). If the information/ideas communicated at conferences/congresses and lesser meetings/gatherings are to be regarded as integral to such a movement, or even contributing to it, then it is important that the dynamic of their own movement be continuous, and potentially therefore cumulative. It should not be characterisable as 'stop-start'.
It is surely important therefore that there should be some degree of continuity/follow-over between events. Toronto-Hong Kong 2010 offer a case in point.
The Hong Kong Congress will publish formal proceedings, on paper and on line. Will there be a communiqué, report, proceedings or some other public communication about the contents and/or conclusions from the Toronto conference, as OMOD did in the past?
This would be potentially instructive for the world of Conductive Education at large, both within Conductive Education and without, especially for people in North America. It would also make a most useful contribution, even a sort of starting point, to some aspects, to the work of the Kong Kong Congress, if copies could be available there for sale or even gratis. And for everybody else – the Internet.

The question raised here is not of course restricted to Toronto-Hong Kong but extends to the whole gamut of events that happen somewhere, some time, then may vanish for ever, with nothing to show that they had ever been.

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