FEFNA Updates-Wikipedia and More
Thursday, April 28, 2016
by: Patricia Buchannan, PhD, GCFT, President, and interim Executive Director Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America

Section: FEFNA News




Wikipedia Update—Creating Other Opportunities
 
The team of volunteer Feldenkrais practitioners/teachers that includes Colleen Lang (NC), Donna Maebori (OR), Jim Stephens (PA), Roy Waters (CA) and Matthew Zepelin (CO) are developing a factual, representative, and balanced article about the Feldenkrais Method that will be shared broadly with the general public.
 
This article will be published on multiple platforms that will likely include the member supported www.feldenkrais.com and Esther Thelen Research and Education Fund supported www.feldscinet.org. The membership site comes up at or near the top of internet searches for the Feldenkrais Method.
 
We do not plan to use this article to replace the existing Wikipedia article. After meticulous research by technical advisor Mikal Anderson, owner of LakeOMedia, in Portland, OR that included a pro bono consultation with a large public relations firm, it is clear that attempts to revise the American English Wikipedia entry for the Feldenkrais Method will only be provocative and futile. 
 
There are a handful of deeply committed individuals with a strong point of view who monitor this and other Wikipedia pages to ensure their perspective is maintained. This group of people has de facto control despite the presumption of open, collective and collaborative development for Wikipedia entries.
 
These individuals monitor this page closely and rapidly revert any edits that counter their view that there is no medical evidence to support the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method—regardless of peer reviewed evidence to the contrary. Members of the writing team, other members of FGNA, and people who are not members of FGNA have experienced this. This small group of editors has a negative view of many nonconventional approaches that have been deemed complimentary and alternative medicine.
 
We will keep you informed as we finalize our version of an Internet encyclopedia article about the Feldenkrais Method. Once it is published, we will invite members to link to this article on their websites to broadcast our perspective and dilute the influence of the Wikipedia entry.
 
Research Matters
The Esther Thelen Research Forum and Research Poster Session return to this year’s conference in my hometown, Asheville, NC. My colleagues and motor behavior experts David Stodden and Danielle Nesbitt from the University of South Carolina and Nancy Getchell from the University of Delaware will join me for the forum “Developing Skillful Movers to Improve Health and Quality of Life.”
 
The Poster Session will run throughout the conference. The Esther Thelen Research Committee invites you to submit an abstract of your research findings, creative ideas, and insights from systematic inquiry for presentation to your colleagues at the conference. Posters can take a variety of forms ranging from the traditional academic/scientific poster to more inventive and interactive formats. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2016. More details are available here.
 
Remember, too, the Esther Thelen Research Committee is requesting proposals for Objective 1, research only. Research proposals for a maximum grant of $5000 from the Esther Thelen Research and Education Fund are due no later than midnight Pacific Time, May 31, 2016. For more information, please see the 2016 Guidelines and Application.

Laura McMurray joins FEFNA Board
Please welcome Laura McMurray to the FEFNA Board of Directors, joining with Fariya Doctor, Erik LaSeur, Lavinia Plonka, and me. Laura is also a member-elect of the FGNA Board of Directors (President Nancy Haller).
 
Support for FEFNA
Thank you to all of the volunteers who donate their skills and time to the many activities that fit under the mission of FEFNA. Financial contributions to FEFNA provide resources and operational support for the efforts of our volunteers to promote the Feldenkrais Method.
 
Imagine the possibilities!
 
Patricia Buchanan, Ph.D., GCFT
fefnaed@gmail.com
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