Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) meeting
March 29, 2013
On Friday, March 15, 2013 at the annual meeting of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C. the opening plenary session and keynote for the gathering was presented by Clem Bezold, Ph.D. president and founder of the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF).
Dr. Bezold and his colleagues at the IAF recently completed their third report focusing on the chiropractic profession. The latest iteration looks at the possibilities for the profession in 2025 by providing a series of four scenarios of which two are negative and two are positive. This is the same format that was followed in the two previous reports issued by the IAF.
From the perspective of The Octagon at Life University this is a VERY exciting report as one of the four featured scenarios is entitled: “Vitalism & Value”. In addition the work of The Octagon and of Life University was specifically cited by Dr. Bezold in support of the viability of this positive scenario for the future of the profession! The Vitalism & Value scenario narrative is an intriguing look into the future that begins as follows:
“In 2025, leaders across all domains of health care, including chiropractic, have learned to unleash the innate potential for health. They are creating healthy environments, empowering patients, collaborating actively with other licensed complementary, alternative and integrative health care disciplines, and integrating health information from “big data” applications based on national, community, and individual health records.”
Vitalism has made a major comeback as “contemporary vitalism,” paralleling the rise in scientific research on prayer, intention, and consciousness in healing, as well as the investigation of energy medicine, chi, vital force, vis medicatrix naturae, and other traditionally vitalist concepts. Chiropractors are among the leaders in this research and no longer struggle with hostility among the DC communities or from most other health professions because of chiropractic’s philosophical but unsupported positions.”
The articulation of this scenario by one of the most respected futurists of our time is an extremely exciting development for the professions normally grouped under the heading of “CAM”, and in particular for the portion of the chiropractic profession that has always resonated and identified with these perspectives.
This scenario was so impactful for me, as director of The Octagon, that I immediately called President Riekeman from Washington, D.C. to share this news with him and to begin to explore what we could do to bring the power and significance of Vitalism & Value Scenario into reality!
We were so excited about this situation that we began discussing an immediate re-ordering of the priorities for The Octagon for 2013 and beyond beginning with a revision of the planned Octagon program for 2013 due to be held in mid-April.
April 18-20, 2013 has been set aside for a workshop delving into the circumstances of the millennial generation as it relates to their health over time, essentially looking at what can be done today to make sure that they will not suffer the safe health fate that their parents and grandparents are enduring. This effort has several components to it including following up on a 2010 Life University project that surveyed health attitudes of millennials, analyzing the feedback to the www.yhealth.org survey posted by Life University earlier in the year and bringing the early feedback from the inclusion of single person under the age of 26 living with their parents under their health insurance if desired. While all of this information is valuable and useful it is also something that 6 or 12 months more data collection will only strengthen.
With the agreement of the President, the program planned for April 18-20, 2013 has been deferred and our immediate attention is being focused on a detailed analysis of the IAF Vitalism & Value Scenario and how we can bring about this reality sooner rather than later!
By May 1, 2013 dates for a follow-up meeting in September or early October will be announced as will a series of themes to be considered at the meeting. You can get ready to engage this discussion and help to bring this scenario into reality by reading—cover-to-cover the IAF, March 2013 report entitled: “Chiropractic 2025: Divergent Futures”. This report can be accessed by clicking here.
As you are reading the work of Dr. Bezold and his associates I encourage you to suspend judgment on any part of the report UNTIL you have read the full report. For you Cliff note types that also includes both Appendix documents! After carefully reading the entire report you will know more about the profession than you have ever known before. Some of these details may be soothing to you while others may be vexing to you—push on! You will also be inspired to action to see that the scenario that resonates with you is advocated for, planned for and realized. You will also have a greater appreciation for the various scenarios proposed by the IAF knowing that they are based on a dispassionate analysis of the facts as they see them.
Finally for those of you that were planning on being with us for The Octagon Conference April 18-20, 2013 I apologize for the sudden shift in plans. Dr. Stephen Bolles and I, together with the support personnel from Life University that work with The Octagon, will be using this time to develop the Fall 2013 program I referred to and we are looking forward to providing you with more details by May 1, 2013.
Yours in Life,
Gerard W. Clum, D.C.
The Octagon at Life University