Every day during September we will post up an idea for you to vote on. The most popular ideas will become the things that the inaugural Organizing Committee of the Critical Physiotherapy Network focuses on in 2015. So please make sure you cast your vote at the bottom of each post.
The first invitation I sent out to people to join the Critical Physiotherapy Network mentioned that ‘The end result would be a network of people who could then be brought together in hyperspace to share ideas and plan for world domination.’ I had no idea at the time that this might now be possible! Not only are we represented in four continents and 20 countries around the world, but we also have people actively involved in national and international professional organizations and interest groups.
All joking aside, the size and diversity of the group has certainly taken me by surprise, not least because it now opens up the possibility of us not only being a forum for personal and professional development, but also action. Being a ‘critical’ network implies that there are aspects of our profession that we find problematic, and being a ‘network’ implies that there are things we can now do together that we couldn’t do when we were trying to change the world on our own.
A group of our size could become a more effective lobbying force, or a campaigning organization. We could become a voice of critical conscience or a support group for people who are speaking out about injustice. We could champion specific causes and promote critical responses to contemporary issues in health and health care. In other words, we could use our ‘weight’ to bring about change in a way that wouldn’t have been possible before.
Post update: please note that voting closed on 7 October 2014 (results are available here), but please feel free to post your comments in the space below.