Sometimes I wish I could make an animated, sci-fi version of the history of POCA and the fractal (because I am a big geek, which you probably knew; but that would entail me being able to draw, which I have to tell you, I can’t). But if I could, one of the first scenes would have me walking down the block, back in 2001 or so, to catch the bus to my (doomed) public health acupuncture job, and as I walk past a certain big, ugly, vacant building, a giant tentacle comes whipping out over the roof and wraps itself around me. I can’t see or feel the giant tentacle, but it’s got me nonetheless, and I linger in front of the ugly building without knowing why. If I could see the giant tentacle, it would look (despite its impressive size) like a fern frond: delicate and fractal-y. When it lets me go and slithers back where it came from, tiny copies of the fern frond bloom imperceptibly just under the surface of my skin.
A year or so later, I run a fever, and it’s contagious as hell (although it can take a while for the symptoms to fully manifest). My skin is now covered with invisible fern fronds. I am Patient Zero. Of course I go back to the ugly vacant building in order to start doing things I don’t understand at all.
Fast forward ten years, and the tentacles are snaking all over the internet, shooting out of computer screens and grabbing unsuspecting acupuncturists and patients, yanking people into other buildings– and also, into recliners. The infected have formed a support group so that we can swap strains and make each other more feverish. The support group has tentacles. (Oh, you wondered why we call them Circles? That’s because that’s the shape the tentacles make when they catch you. Like a loop. See? All that sociocracy talk is just a front.) We’re all doing things we don’t understand, we’re burning up, but God, we’re happy!
So of course I love it when the fractal decides to show itself a little, and sends a tentacle/frond curling off in a new direction. And it’s even better when somebody shoots a video of it.
You guys, check it out. I loved watching this video and I bet you will too. POCA member Michelle Cox describes how her journey as an educator was impacted by becoming a patient at Providence Community Acupuncture, and the larger POCA-sphere. She’s running a serious temperature. Her goal: create a viable, sustainable and replicable alternative to public school — for everyone.
This video is exactly what I hoped that POCA Tv would do for us. It’s like a concentrated shot of POCAfest in about 30 minutes. It’s helping us see what we’re doing from a new perspective. It’s breaking ground — and how perfect that it’s a patient member who’s doing it. I’ll close with one of my favorite quotes from Michelle’s presentation: “I think that’s what always amazes me: this (POCA) is so much about acupuncture, and then really kind of not at all about acupuncture. It’s about everything else. So I find that an interesting paradox, and it has a real influence on what I’d like to do next.”
Please watch it and discuss below! (Or in the video comments section, whichever you prefer). This is great material for discussion. Spike your fever.