‘We have never had more access to information, yet we are arguably more ignorant than ever before…’
I have been involved in the published communication and record of Conductive Education now for some twenty years, ever more concerned about the state of ‘the literature’, especially in recent years. I think that I have come across one reason that might help understand what has been happening in this recent time.
My nephew, Iain Akerman, is an experienced highly thought-of journalist and I have always found his work interesting and well researched. This latest article posted on his blog, originally published in Campaign, November 2015, is no exception.
Whilst reading this it occurred to me that all he had to say could be applied to the world of Conductive Education. Most public communication between those working and involved in CE, takes place via social media, with brief comments and announcements, and the world press has little or no interest at all in discussing or reporting the facts about it. Most press coverage tends to be in local newspapers announcing fundraising events and reporting amounts raised for a particular local centre.
As there seems to be a general trend worldwide to accept the news as given by those with control over the media, as Iain suggests, perhaps CE will continue to be out there in the wilderness. Of no interest.
I have just heard today about a new website and service in Conductive Education.
This has been set up by Ben Foulger, a conductor with great experience of IT. He is available to help with all IT aspects of Conductive Education and has already received a contract to provide a website for one CE organisation.
I struggle with the technical aspects of communicating and imagine most of us do, so this development is most welcome. Now we have someone who knows about such things, someone to consult, help and provide. I am sure I will be using his services at some stage.
Do go and have a look at the website to see what Ben has already done and what he can offer.
I have just seen that the new Conductive Education portal as been put back again until the end of April. Starting something like this is very time consuming and will involve co-ordinating a lot of material and people and there may be lots of unforeseen issues to deal with. Let us hope that the extra time will produce an extra good site.
Check http://www.conductiveeducation.net/ on 30 April and find out.
On 18 March I noted that there was a plan to set up a new website covering a whole range of aspects of Conductive Education. It was intended to launch this on 31 March.
I received an email today telling me about an interesting development in Conductive Education. I have reproduced it here rather than re -write it and suggest you click on the links for further information. It could become a very useful and interesting contact for all those interested in Conductive Education.
I shall certainly follow it with interest.
I am writing to notify you of the March 31, 2009 launch of The Conductive Education Communications Center (CECC) at www.ConductiveEducation.net.
The CECC will be a website portal and communications center specifically designed, published and under operation for the national Conductive Education community.
In speaking with many of you, it became clear there was a need for
such a communications portal to show and share videos, articles and other
information. The CECC will offer that. Additionally, it will have a discussion
forum so that experts, parents, instructors and others can meet and talk with
each other online, at any time. There will be webinars by experts, a tool box of
helpful documents and forms, a blog, petition support center to lobby your
educators and legislators, grant information, directories of centers and
services and more. Parents, educators, the media and anyone with an interest in
Conductive Education will find the information they need here.
After spending the past two years learning and experiencing many
of the challenges the Conductive Education community and movement has faced, it
became increasingly important to use my almost 20 years in public relations,
marketing and interactive/website communications towards this effort. I have had
the great pleasure to work closely with Sixten’s Foundation, Inc. near Washington, D.C. and the honor of assisting that group with successfully executing what is one of the first Conductive Education pilot programs within a public school system in the United States.
Please take a few moments to review some of the exciting components of this coming website at the temporary site at www.ConductiveEducation.net.
It will be officially launched, in its entirety, on March 31, 2009, but I am taking this
opportunity to inform those of you whom I may have met or with whom I have
spoken or corresponded in the recent past.
At the end of this month, the launch will be supported by a national public relations and search
engine optimization campaign, and a limited number of sponsorship and
advertising opportunities are available for interested businesses, centers and
other service providers. Just visit the “Sponsorship and Advertising on
ConductiveEducation.net” at www.ConductiveEducation.net.
Please e-mail or call me if you have any questions or suggestions. We look forward to serving the Conductive Education community.
Education Communications Center