As CAN gives way to POCA I think it would be good to see what proceeded CAN. Back in 2006, Lisa Rohleder answered Acupuncture Today’s request to have new contributing columnists. They accepted her and for the next year Lisa wrote a column every other month until AT told her that they were no longer publishing her column as it was dangerous to the profession. I know! lol
Back then one of the interesting things about an AT column is that they all had online forums attached to them so readers could give feedback and stuff. Now almost all of the columns never had any comments outside of an occasional attaboy-except Lisa’s. Her forums quickly grew into this amazing discussion with various Acupunks and from those discussions there grew a consensus of the need for a) workshops to teach what Lisa was writing about, and b) the need for a new acu-organization where like-minded people could build on those ideas. That new acu-organization became CAN, which was born in October 2006.
It was a good thing too that CAN was born as by late winter 2007 was when AT sacked Lisa. By then it was too late.
Lisa’s articles are still there on AT though you have to search for them as she is a former contributing columnist. (Just search “Lisa Rohleder” and you’ll get them.) But below I have links to each of the six articles. Unfortunately, AT got rid of their talkback forums so those discussions are lost to us. Can’t win ’em all. But here are the articles:
1) Acupuncture and Social Entrepreneurship, March 2006
2) The Art of the Sliding Scale, Part One: Creating Inclusion, May 2006
3) The Art of the Sliding Scale, Part Two: Establishing Cash Flow, July 2006
4) The Art of the Sliding Scale, Part Three: Building Community Self-Esteem, September 2006
5) Vision and Decision, November 2006
6) Widening the Door: Privilege and Access, January 2007
There you have it. While the website is transforming to POCA-and a much better website all-around- read the articles, watch the documentary, read the Little Red Book, #3, and post if you car on the POCA Facebook website. All the links to do these things are in the blog posts just below this one.
Se you on the Other Side!