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.
Quite a lot of people in the network are email users. Some are avid Twitter and Facebook users. Some even have their own web pages and blog on a regular basis. But most don’t, and for many the idea of collaborating with others through hypermedia is a cause for real anxiety. I had one person in the Network write to me to say that they rarely used email or the Internet, and so probably wouldn’t be able to participate much in the group’s activities. I think that’s a real shame, but if one of the founding principles of the Network is to bring together people who have a critical interest in physiotherapy, then it’s a problem we have to tackle.
We are going to need to communicate with people across multiple media. Email is pervasive, but people don’t want to be overwhelmed with cross-postings. Websites can be good, as long as people remember to look at them. Web conferencing can be an amazing way to bring people together across time zones, but poor bandwidth and complex interfaces make it daunting for a lot of people. No one approach will work perfectly for a group like ours, certainly not in the short term. So we’ll have to take a pretty eclectic approach to our networking for a while until everyone’s up to speed.
Getting people up to speed might become a priority for the group early on. If we can get everyone comfortable with a few key pieces of technology, it will make collaboration much easier. So doesn’t it make sense to provide training in social networking for people?
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.