Last week we got an email from one of the organizers of the International Summit of Cooperatives — convening this fall in Quebec — about featuring POCA as a case study of “highly innovative cooperatives or ones that provide better access to health care”. The case study consists of a short text of 3 to 4 paragraphs to describe “the main source of innovation of the co-operative.”
This was fun because it's not very long ago that it seemed like other cooperatives' take on us could generally be summed up not in 3 to 4 paragraphs but in a few words, namely, “What the hell?”
It was also fun because it's a reminder, along with the success of May's membership drive and the 900,000+ treatments of 2013, that what we're doing is actually, noticeably, working — and we had to design POCA without having any assurance at all that it would work. We knew that we needed a new foundation for the practice of acupuncture and we knew that nobody had tried a multi-stakeholder cooperative, but everything else was basically our best guess.
What's really fun is to think about where we can go from here.
Today I heard a quote from Pope Francis that made me think of POCA's progress, and also our future: “Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good…For here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others.”