The following is my expected post-POCAfest report and perhaps you may roll your eyes when I type that this POCAfest was the BEST POCAFEST EVER because I’ve probably written that after every POCAfest. Guilty as charged. But this one was, once again the Best POCAfest Ever (BPE-might as well abbreviate it.)
So, you ask, how was this the BPE? A couple of different ways really:
This POCAfest was Solid. Solid as in stable. Solid as in hard working. Solid as in sound, stable, self-sustaining, strong, sturdy, concentrated, rooted, grounded, disciplined, and deep. There was little if any drama, there were no claims that couldn’t be backed-up. People were serious about their purpose. There was also a hell of a lot of fun.
It would be easy to say that this was because this POCAfest was in the upper midwest. The ultra-stable cratonic midwest. And I won’t say that that the core of North America had nothing to do with how the event played out. But I also sensed a maturing taking place. This maturing of our revolutionary movement I’ve noticed for the last couple of POCAfests. This time this maturing manifested in a deeper self-confidence among the attendees (including those attendees who were relatively new to POCA and POCAfests) which led to a playful seriousness of purpose. It also led to a broader shared responsibility of the event.
For the first time Lisa Rohleder didn’t do the keynote address,. Instead Alexa Hulsey not only did it but nailed that sucker.
For years Lisa and yours truly did CA 101 workshops. This time Cris Monteiro and Melissa Tiernan designed and carried out CA 101 and were so successful that to think of CA 101 as a WCA thing is to be stuck in the past.
And while Cris and I were involved in the planning of this POCAfest, we did much less work on the planning than Amy Severinsen, Kerri Casey, Jessica Hanson, Jim Lorr, and Trish Kanous did-along with the people who they got to volunteer to help out. These are people who don’t toot their own horn but do an awful lot of work and are exactly the type of POCA members that we want.
In a similar vein, Lisa and I taught a breakout on Collective Management in our clinics that made clear that a lot of clinics are maturing into more advanced management/ownership strategies that will move their clinics into entities that will most likely outlast their founder-owners in the future. Michelle Rivers’ 501c(3) talk addressed this issue from a different direction. And in yet another series of takes on long-term clinic stability, the presentations of Urbana Acupuncture, Minnesota CA, Milwaukee CA and Circle CA collectively pointed towards where we are all going in the future. The goal of really making our clinics sustainable, which was the theme of Alexa’s keynote speech, is becoming closer to reality. On to the Progressive Era!
PS And the square dancing was fantastic!